#VisDare 144 : Exude

Valerie had invited me to the warehouse, to watch her play the guitar she’d wanted so desperately. I could not understand why she’d put on her Sunday best, but didn’t argue, and tagged along. In the warehouse, she propped her guitar against the wall, and began to draw a music score with sidewalk chalk.

I watched, fascinated, “what are you doing?”

She paused, “I’m writing the notes to play.”

“So, you make them up, then play them?”

“No, Daddy,” Valerie giggled, “Jimmy tells me the notes.” Valerie stopped writing, turned to face me, and pointed to the guitar, “He shows me what to play.”

I sat down on the warehouse floor, transfixed, “Like. Wow.” The ghost of Jimmy Hendrix held my daughter’s guitar, and was fingering out notes. They flowed from him, to Valerie, and I watched them exude from the chalk to the wall.

I could not resist writing this story for Angela Goff’s Visual Dare, Week 144. The picture was magic, and I had no choice but to write. Please read the other entries in this week’s Visual Dare challenge. Be amazed at the magic people can put into 150 words or less.

#VisDare 41 : Transfixed

We returned to Old Phoenix, as the sun was setting. “Follow us!” the cats mewed. They led us to an old warehouse someone had converted into a theater. There were several tables along the East wall. The cats led us to one. “Sit! Sit!”

Alice whispered, “This is Josie’s place.”

A man in a tuxedo, carrying a bottle of wine and two glasses approached the table. He poured a drink for each of us. A woman sat down at a piano in the north-west corner of the warehouse, and started to play.

“Josie!” Alice grabbed my hand, as a woman in a wedding dress, and ballerina shoes pirouetted across the floor. She stopped before us. Alice sat, transfixed, staring at the woman, unable to speak.

The woman took my hands, and placed them on Alice’s. “Help her.” As she danced, I wondered how I could help Alice.

150 Words

This is part 26 in the continuing story I’m working on for Angela Goff’s Visual Dare. Please read the other entries in this week’s Visual Dare challenge.

If you wish to read the entire tale, you can find it, starting with Part 26, running back to Part 1, here.