Something To Do With Skillsets


Her stare challenged everything in sight: late twenties and a shaper of events, the answer to many situations lay filed in her experiences: she feared little but some aspects of emotion, and looked on those she knew as reference points. Unmarried and unattached, six years spent with a school-time love now consigned to memory, she had determined, if nothing else, that life was a matter of furnishings and dress.

All her friends were relatives, and home a concept more than place: protected by ability and a career of some significance she had moved to a new property. She had not met the owners yet, and there was no reason she would do so.

Thus the knock on her door was unexpected, and opened more from habit than intent to reveal a boy of around six looking up at her with an enquiring face. “Do you play the piano miss” he asked as if she already knew his name, and before she could control herself, she said “Yes” because music was a dormant passion in her life. “We’ve just got one from my gran, she’s dead” he told her by way of explanation, adding “Come and see”

Why she did we cannot say but there was an openness about him she could not bruise so she followed him to the flat below where , sure enough, a battered upright stood against the wall, lid raised and keyboard in full view. His mother poked her head round the kitchen door, a bit older than herself but not by much, and clearly on a different path and warm.

Both looked at her expectantly, uneasily it must be said, as she sat down and played one of her own compositions, written before her father lost his way and her parental home became a mausoleum. The boy started dancing by her stool and his mother said, “That’s really good” and so it may have been, but written in another time, when flowers bloomed and angels still wore white.

“What do you do?” the mother asked, and she replied, “I am a retail analyst for a large department store.” The mother was impressed, though in a baffled way. “But what about the music?” she asked and the young boy said, “Play some more,” but she replied, “I must get on, I’m sure you understand” and the mother said “Of course” and the boy just shook his head, for he was from that gentle place where flowers bloomed and angels still wore white.

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About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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12 Responses to Something To Do With Skillsets

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Beautiful, but tragic, Peter…

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  2. ksbeth says:

    a sad loss of a human life, and not the grandmother’s –

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  3. Always beautiful, i love reading your stories 🙂

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  4. As I was reading this story, something about it really touched my heart. And there aren’t many pieces I’ve read that can do that 🙂

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  5. Quite beautiful but also tragic in its melancholy. One can only wonder at what she perceived it was that prevented her from following the path which was so obviously her hearts desire.
    On tiny moments our lives are forged. A fine piece, Peter.

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  6. There’s a place like that? I didn’t know…

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  7. gotham girl says:

    Ohhh…love this!

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  8. tiostib says:

    I am deeply touched by this exquisite piece of poignant memory that pulls on a long forgotten string in my heart. Gracias amigo.

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  9. Shonnie says:

    I always love to read what you write. You have a dreamy quality to your words, rich and enticing. Ducky, my friend, I do think you are getting more and more accomplished.

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  10. Poetic, Peter – superbly poetic.

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  11. Jude says:

    Captivating!

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  12. nelle says:

    New territory, Peter… same great storytelling.

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