The Player Piano

This is a prompt by Rochelle at Friday Fictioneers. In 100 words, write a story about the selected photograph. Check her out for some fun in writing!

copyright John Nixon

copyright John Nixon

Dexter Fort eyed the player piano in the corner of the antique shop. Mahogany wood in mint condition.

“Plays Ofmin, Winegate, Pallel,” boasted the dealer.

Dexter, a promising piano student, looked perplexed. He’d never heard of these composers.

“Rare,” continued the dealer. “Eerie too, legend has it that this piano swallows up unknown talent, keeping the music and the composer only for herself.”

“It’s odd anyway,” said Dexter, unfazed, as he took out his checkbook.

“You’re pretty odd yourself,” replied the dealer. “In those red-checkered pants, green socks, and those shoes… whew! You part of a circus golfing team?!”


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34 Responses to The Player Piano

  1. Hannah says:

    Dexter should run away, very quickly!
    Nice and funny story!

  2. Sandra says:

    Dexter is about to enter the realms of musical history I fear. Nice idea.

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  4. WilderSoul says:

    That’s so funny! Isn’t it a great picture to sprout ideas from! I like how the piano is female – it adds an extra puzzling element to the story! A man-eater??!

  5. Eric Alagan says:

    They found each other 🙂

  6. Dear Shainbird,

    Sounds like Dexter’s about to play his final Opus. Well done.



  7. Now plays Ofmin, Winegate, Pallel and Dexter, if I’m not mistaken. Nice take ont he prompt!

  8. Bump Bump BAAAAAAAAH! (Methinks the piano should be playing ominous music, darling)
    Nice job.

  9. Joe Owens says:

    The piano is licking its lips inside, waiting for the moment to get Dexter alone. Unless this is Dexter the serial killer come to end another competitor’s reign of terror.

  10. A piano who like a Big Gulp! 🙂


  11. misskzebra says:

    Amusing dialogue. What a shame to lose so much talent.

  12. Cue eerie music, this the point in a movie when you yell at him to run! Original and well done take. I enjoyed it.

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  14. troy P. says:

    Poor Dexter, the true burden of being talented, I suppose…

  15. vbholmes says:

    Sounds like the piano may get the unknown talent while the dealer gets to keep the piano and the checks. Quite a racket.

  16. Talents just keeps getting absorbed

  17. kz says:

    lol looks like they were meant for each other ^^ fantastic flash!

  18. Trudy says:

    Love the phrase ‘swallows up unknown talent’ great story!

  19. Great twist. Well done.

  20. So the piano is a female, huh. That’s interesting.

  21. Shreyank says:

    a clever well written story ! 🙂

  22. quite an adaptive piano.

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