Curtain Call – a 100w story

Below is this week’s contribution to Friday Fictioneers. ff20161230
The challenge is to write a piece of fiction in 100 words based on a weekly photo prompt. This week’s photo is courtesy of Shaktiki Sharma

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Curtain Call

George envied the lives extinguished by the curse of 2016.
He yearned for their glory, their effervescence and their adoring, heart-broken fans.
He’d met most of the stars. Not that they noticed George, the man who made the curtain go up and down.
The New Year’s Eve performance ended. Someone cracked a joke about surviving into 2017.
Everybody laughed.
Except George.
He lowered the curtain.
If only his big break had come, he could have stepped on to the stage, soaked up the applause and poured heart and soul into song that filled the theatrical hush.
Instead, emptiness loomed.

©Siobhán McNamara

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24 Responses to Curtain Call – a 100w story

  1. Laurie Bell says:

    So sad! Behind the scenes is a thankless job some days… but special too, but it sounds like he might be too


  2. Michael Wynn says:

    Sounds like the poor man has led a life of regret, quite sad


  3. Dear Siobhán,

    This is so beautifully written. I felt deeply for George. Well done.

    Shalom and a Happy New Year,



  4. Sandra says:

    The star that was never born … nicely done.


  5. Another victim of the search for fame. Nicely written.


  6. Ah, there’s always someone behind the curtain, unrecognized, that makes things work.


  7. wmqcolby says:

    No, he had the better job. Had he had his big break, he would have DIED! Every cloud …

    Neat tale, Siobhan!


  8. michael1148humphris says:

    This was a interesting picture of todays culture of pop celebrity.


  9. plaridel says:

    by george, he should be grateful his life was spared.


  10. Dale says:

    A life behind the curtain…sometimes one must enjoy one’s lot…


  11. Siobhán, oh the regrets of coulda, woulda, shoulda– it’s a timeless vortex. What a sad way to live.

    I know this has been a hard year for you, and I’m so glad you continue to join FF each week. I love your stories. If you can muster it, I’d love to see you join #BloggersUnite for #50HappyThings. Something tells me you have a lot of gratitude as well, and reading the other lists is so inspiring… nudge, nudge.


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