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Friday Fictioneers – Luis

25 April, 2014

Every week, Rochelle posts a picture on her blog which prompts writers the world over into 100 words of fiction. This week’s pic is this one:


And as per the tradition, I’ve written 100 words:


Luis played the first chords of a traditional tune and Cesar smiled his recognition. He plucked the strings of his own instrument and the guitars joined harmoniously together.

They had played this tune countless times during ten years performing at Restaurante BalΓ£o Vermelho, and it always sent Cesar decades back and thousands of miles distant to that night in Helsinki.

Representing Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest had made Cesar proud. He even became slightly famous for a few weeks. But this could never compare to the pride he always felt playing in his own restaurant, accompanying Luis. His son.



  1. It is a great tender story. Powerful father son moments need to be seen more often.

  2. The things that matter most. Good one, RG.


  3. What a warm and affectionate tale.

  4. This is such a nice story and you can feel the pride emitting through the father’s eyes. Very well written! Thank you so much! Nan πŸ™‚

  5. a very sweet story, makes me feel like hugging my kids πŸ™‚

  6. fame and fortune is in the eye of the beholder… love this.

  7. Lovely tender story. Cesar’s love and pride are so clear.

  8. Dear RG,

    Lovely story, full of warmth.



    PS Typo in the last paragraph. I think you mean “become” not “beaome”. πŸ˜‰

  9. Lovely story of a close family bond between father and son. This is a heartwarming story that’s well written. πŸ™‚

  10. “slightly famous for a few weeks” This means a lot, then really nothing in the long run. Family ties and love win out. Well told.

  11. I enjoyed reading your story and then examining the photo again… nicely done.

    • Thanks Ted. I try to write a story that bears a second reading or brings out something in the pic. It took me a bit of research to find out that was a Portuguese guitar so i wasnt going to waste that!

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