The air was cold. It was dark and nearing two in the morning. I cautiously moved toward the front room – the skin of my bare feet peeled back from the cold hardwood floor with each calculated step.
I reached into the darkness for the light switch and flicked it on. In front of the piano, for a split second, was a shadow of a person and the sudden strike of another key. The phantom note echoed out as the shadow quickly vanished.
I fell back crashing against the wall, I tried to scream but just the vapor of my breath was all that escape. I slid across the wall and into the kitchen to get away; I stumbled forward stubbing my toe on the leg of the table, the pain shot through my body. I clinched a chair to save me from falling. And there is when I saw the sales receipt on the table for the piano, from the estate sale.
What. Did. I Buy. I thought.
THE PHANTOM NOTE OF A USED PIANO is my submission to the weekly writing challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/fffaw-challenge-week-of-march-07-2017/). This week’s photo prompt was provided by Mike Vore. Thank you! The goal: 75 to 175 word count. This stories word count: 175 words.
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