This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. The FFfAW challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. This week’s prompt is from Pixabay.
Breaking the Silence
Edan’s steps faltered, halting his furtive progress as faint strains of music reached his ears. His breath caught in his throat, eyes falling briefly closed as he listened. It had been so long…
Such sounds had once been commonplace, although Edan’s recollections were vague: listening to music whilst his mother danced, cheerfully banging on instruments with friends. Clearer were memories of massive bonfires consuming the seditious items beneath the new regime’s watchful gaze.
Remembering the danger, he opened his eyes, glancing quickly around. Hopefully no one else had heard the forbidden noise. But the streets were empty. Deserted. It was past curfew, after all – few citizens were foolish enough to risk the Council’s wrath by venturing out after dark. Even fewer were willing to risk breaking the laws against music.
Everyone knew: there were always ears listening.
He didn’t make a conscious decision to follow the melodic cascade of notes; he was drawn, inexorably, onwards. The music set fire to his rebellious spirit.
A single certainty consumed him – he needed to find the musician responsible.
Word Count: 175
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