The Soul of Life

Today, I am alive only because of my music.

As I look at my small studio, I think about the masterpieces that have taken birth in this unassuming, cluttered space.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Five bestselling albums, twelve songs on the Billboard Top 100, and six Grammies. No mean feat by any stretch of imagination.

Suddenly, my reverie is interrupted by the turning of the key. Larry, the greatest rock star the world has ever seen, enters the room.

“I need another hit song, pronto, old man” says Larry as he unlocks my handcuffs, “Remember, I’m keeping you alive only because of your music.”


99 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The objective is to write a story in 100 words or less based on the weekly photo prompt.

To read many more interesting stories inspired by this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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40 Responses to The Soul of Life

  1. Fandango says:

    Chained to his work, eh?

  2. draliman says:

    I wasn’t expecting that ending. Maybe he can insert a coded SOS in the lyrics?

  3. Dale says:

    Oooo! Was not expecting that one!
    Good job!

  4. Alice Audrey says:

    I’d die. The cuffs would end my creativity.

  5. notestowomen says:

    Didn’t see that coming. Poor guy.

  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Quite a sting in the tail! His music has become a curse to him, if he stopped writing hits maybe he’d be let go!

  7. Very creative twist. Poor guy!

  8. Sinister twist, great take on the prompt

  9. 4963andypop says:

    I like the way the first line intrigues us, and the last resolves the mystery in a way we wouldnt expect.

  10. granonine says:

    Oh, good grief! Totally unexpected, and extremely well set-up.

  11. Dear Anurag,

    That ending was a twist. He’s literally imprisoned by his work. Well done.



  12. plaridel says:

    he surely lives for his music (no pun intended).

  13. lisarey1990 says:

    Excellent ending. Great metaphor in this piece.

  14. Good twist, didn’t see it coming. This is what it must feel like to be a ghostwriter of a successful book? Just a thought.

  15. Ellie Scott says:

    Wasn’t expecting that twist! Brilliantly dark.

  16. Chilling! I wasn’t expecting that ending – thanks for surprising me. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  17. Slave to the music…
    maybe he should weave a few hints into the lyrics.

  18. Lynn Love says:

    Wow! That turned dark really quickly! Was not expecting that ending – well done

  19. Sandra says:

    Thank goodness he has a talent. Now he needs to direct some creativity towards an escape number.

  20. Sarah Ann says:

    A wonderful and scary ending. Too often the songwriters are overlooked by the stars they fuel, but this is uncomfortably extreme.

  21. prior.. says:

    ooo – this small space does feel like a confined imprisonment – or could be one – nice take on the prompt

  22. jillyfunnell says:

    A vivid metaphor here.

  23. Jan Morrill says:

    Very chilling twist!

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