The Family Heirloom

Alistair’s face turned purple as soon as he saw his great-grandfather Rob’s bagpipe still on display.


Rob had crafted it himself as a kid, and he always used to say that the bagpipe was fit enough to play for the queen.

But times were tough now, and bagpipe sales were abysmal. So when Alistair found the antique bagpipe in the attic, he decided to hive it off to some unsuspecting fool in the name of ‘heritage’.

Alas, even in today’s times, fools of that magnitude were hard to come by, and despite his best efforts, Alistair had been unable to sell the damn bagpipe. After all, who in their right mind would buy a bagpipe that didn’t make a sound.

Alistair picked up the bagpipe, and blew at it one last time. Nope, still no sound.

In a fit of rage and despair, he threw the bagpipe at the wall, and sat down with his head held in his hands.

Meanwhile, just a mile away, Nessie, the queen of the sea-dragons, turned away from the shore of Loch Ness….again. Another false alarm, she thought. Her friend Rob had clearly told her to come only when she heard TWO horns.

*************************************************************************************200 words.

Written as a part of Sunday Photo Fiction, hosted by Susan Spaulding. The challenge is to write a story in 200 words or less based on the weekly photo prompt. For more details visit HERE. To read more stories based on 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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14 Responses to The Family Heirloom

  1. The Words Kraft says:

    You are an inspiration. Even I plan to exit the corporate world by 40 and venture into something that soothes my soul. But with the subtle risks associated, I always have these second thoughts. Good read by the way.

    • Thank you so much for the kind comment. It’s a good plan, perfectly doable, but you need to plan properly, have an alternate source of income, or a sizable enough saving to enjoy it to the full.

  2. Abhijit Ray says:

    Rob’s sound is reaching creatures far away. Why is he upset?

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Sounds like a genuine Scottish children’s story 🙂

  4. I thought the pipes would be full of money, but I like your ending so much better!

  5. michael1148humphris says:

    I love the twist in your story, it was great, right up my street as they say.

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