Carrot Ranch #FlashFiction Challenge ‘Fingers that Fly’ #99words

The Piano

Ada’s hands flew wildly over the table as her head swayed rhythmically. 

Alistair stepped closer, curious to see what she was doing. His wife had drawn black and white symmetrical rectangles along the edge of the table.

Ada had been unfortunate enough to have become mute at an early age, and now after their forced relocation she had obviously lost her mind, too.

‘Mummy can’t live without her piano, daddy,’ said Flora.

Alistair shook his head. ‘We had to sell it. We all had to make sacrifices when we lost everything.’

‘But daddy, we can speak about our feelings.’


This flash was inspired by my recollection of the film The Piano (1993) and very loosely based on Ada, the mute protagonist.

It’s a powerful and moving film about immigration, marriage, love, the power of music, cruelty, loss and recovery, among many other themes.


This post was written in response to Charli Mills weekly Flash Fiction Challenge. Do you love writing flash fiction? Pop over, find out more and join in! It’s a fabulous and supportive community of writers.



Published by LucciaGray

Writer, blogger, teacher, reader and lover of words wherever they are. Author of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, the breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre. Luccia lives in sunny Spain, but her heart's in Victorian London.

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