We Knew He Was Special

by , under Fiction Prompts, Friday Fictioneers


It started with Chopsticks, except that he played it perfectly the first time he saw the spinet.

He was eighteen months old at the time.

From there he moved to Für Elise and the Moonlight Sonata. At ten he memorized all of Chopin’s nocturnes and was making a serious go at Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.

So what if he took to wearing a powdered wig, embroidered waistcoat, silk stockings and silver-buckled shoes? So what if he refused to use electricity?

A boy out of another time, he chose to live that way.

It was his life, brief though it was.


Friday Fictioneers

  1. Joy Pixley

    Ah, interesting take! Such a poignant image, the young child dressed like an old man from another time, who will have no chance to become old himself

  2. ansumani

    That’s a unique take on the prompt. Interesting child character. But the main theme I get from the story is that children are unique and we need to cherish them for what they are – Well done.

  3. Lynda

    I enjoyed this, though I am sad that the child did not live long. I am imagining that going out the door dressed as he was had a bit to do with his short existence…?

  4. gahlearner

    Very sad, to see such talent go too early. A good thing he could live his short life as he wanted. Very interesting story.

  5. Jim Kane

    A great story. I am appreciating more and more the strong emotions that such a thing like a musical instrument calls forth!


  6. Margaret

    Tragic. The spirit of creative genius lives on from age to age, and eccentricity often accompanies it. Well told.


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