Off the scale


Experimental composer, Theodore, stood looking at his bargain keyboard and cursed. Useless thing. He would never buy online again. He could have resold it on eBay, passed it off onto some other sucker. Instead the impulsive artist had taken the instrument apart in the vain hope he could find out what was wrong with it.

His accountant wife, Anne, not keen on wasting money, was appalled to see the new piano in pieces. She understood money but not art.

‘I thought you deconstructed music, not keyboards.’

‘It was making a horrible sound,’ Theodore replied.

‘My dear, that was your playing.’


My first piece for Friday Fictioneers. This picture was supplied by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, who also hosts the group where writers from all over the world gather to write about 100 words using a photo as inspiration.


38 thoughts on “Off the scale

  1. Well done on your first Friday Fictioneers! But I’m a bit worried about the long term viability for Theodore and Anne – are they really compatable? Great story.

  2. Dear Mike,

    Ah the pragmatic wife who crunches more than numbers. I am laughing as I send you a wholehearted welcome to Friday Fictioneers. I can’t wait to read more from you.



  3. This reminded me of an episode of Doctor Who when a baby tells the Doctor that he thought his dad was crying and so he couldn’t sleep. Meanwhile, the dad had been trying to sing his child a lullaby.

  4. Ah, your musician is confused. Derrida=Deconstruction, not Demolition. There’s a big difference! I like the wry humour of Theodore’s wife, Anne. My husband knows how she feels and often wishes I would do a similar ‘deconstruction’ on my vocal cords, for the same reason. 🙂

  5. Hi Mike,
    Great title and I really liked the part about ebay. I think a lot of people could relate. The ending is great, raising the pivotal question, was it the artist of the medium? Very enjoyable and creative story. Ron

  6. Welcome to FF! This is a wonderful start. I love the way you’ve painted a picture of both husband and wife, and given us an amusing peak at married life, which rings all too true. I have so enjoyed doing these weekly stories. Hope you do as well.

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