A-Z Challenge Day 20

Short stories featuring musical instruments and those who play them!



Growing up, he was always a bit of an outsider. While his friends raved about the Beatles, Tarquin revered Beethoven. For them, the Rolling Stones. Tarquin? Robert Schumann.

He got a place at the Royal College of Music. His parents were so proud. Three years he spent there. It paid off because soon after graduating he was taken on by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

It was the day of his first concert. He was nervous but excited. He took up his position behind the trumpets, tubas and trombones. Not only was he playing alongside ninety other musicians, a choir and two sopranos, but he was also to have a solo spot!

The conductor raised his baton, then with a sweep they launched into Humperdink’s wonderful opera, Hansel and Gretel.Tarquin followed the manuscript closely, waiting for his big entrance. 

It was quite a while coming, but seconds before it did, he stood in readiness for the moment he’d always longed for..

The orchestra paused … 

the conductor pointed to him …

the audience held its breath …

the spotlight shone on him …

the baton flicked …

Ping ping ping

went Tarquin’s triangle …

as he tapped it …

three perfectly spaced times.

As the orchestra sprung back to life, he bowed his head, slowly lowered his precious instrument, sat and contentedly smiled. His dream had just come true.


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33 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 20

  1. Denise Hammond Apr 23, 2021 / 02:48

    It’s wonderful as a parent to spend all that money on an education to hear your kid tinkle.

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  2. Frédérique Apr 23, 2021 / 09:16

    Follow your dreams, no matter what! Even the smallest instrument has is part in the whole orchestra 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Arti Jain Apr 23, 2021 / 11:44

    Hurrah! for Tarquin. All that hard work paid off!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. earthskyair Apr 23, 2021 / 12:05

    Another delightful story. Love the building tension, right up to the “Ping ping ping”! 🌷

    Liked by 1 person

  5. ahtdoucette Apr 23, 2021 / 12:37

    I love triangles! I do, but mostly I wanted to say the previous sentence in a double entendre, menage a trois sort of way. I love musical triangles but not love triangles. Great choice for T-day!

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  6. msjadeli Apr 23, 2021 / 22:18

    Each has their role. I’m thinking of the poor person who does horse clops in the holiday music.

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  7. Gail M Baugniet Apr 23, 2021 / 22:27

    Three years of college for three taps on the triangle to make Tarquin’s dream come true. Very lucky man to have reached his goal with satisfaction.

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