Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer P1: The Liberty of Choice #amwriting #flashfiction #music 

Thanks to Priceless Joy for hosting FFftAW. Apologies this is a longer piece than should be but sometimes pieces develop into much more and there is also a second part to this prompt.


Credit: Mike Vore

Part 1: 

Evangeline was a child prodigy playing songs on the piano from the radio, by ear, at age six. Her mother, Ruth, had dreams of her daughter being a classical music concert pianist.

Grudgingly, Evangeline passed all her Royal Conserveratory piano exams up to the tenth grade when she was only nine-years-old. Although forbidden from playing popular music, when she was home alone, she sang along to her Ipod and wrote her own songs with vocals.

Then, Ruth forced her daughter to travel the world playing classical music concerts.  Evangeline’s classical piano arrangements were powerful and exhilarating to hear because of her resentment and hatred blended into every composition.

After graduating with an honours BA in music while touring, Evangaline refused to do more university degrees in music or to tour playing concerts. She had never been given a choice about how she wanted to use her talents or live her life. Her mother calling her ‘selfish,’ pushed her over the edge.

She left home and didn’t look back.

Find Part 2 (here). 


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5 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer P1: The Liberty of Choice #amwriting #flashfiction #music 

  1. Priceless Joy March 11, 2017 / 6:17 am

    Great story Mandi! Evangeline had a very domineering mother and I don’t blame her from wanting to get away from her. She should be able to play the kind of music she wants to play.

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    • mandibelle16 March 11, 2017 / 9:15 am

      Thank you PJ, yeah she needed a place she could develop her other talents beyond piano playing and classical music. At home age couldn’t do that. Thank you for reading 🙂

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  2. athling2001 March 12, 2017 / 7:51 am

    Poor girl, but glad she walked away in the end. Maybe she and my music prodigy (Chris) should have a talk! Grin. Wonderful story!

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