The Family Heirloom

PHOTO PROMPT © Anshu Bhojnagarwala

My heart broke into a million pieces as I saw the piano, my piano, lie abandoned by the wayside. I would never forgive Henry for this.

So many memories of my family were associated with this piano. Countless birthdays, parties, weddings, and sadly, innumerable funerals too.

But then, Henry returned from his studies abroad, and announced, “I know this piano has been in the family for generations, but it has to go. It’s all rotted up, empty from inside.”


How dare he?

My family had been in the piano for generations, does that count for nothing?


97 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). To read many 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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34 Responses to The Family Heirloom

  1. plaridel says:

    what an insensitive way to treat a heirloom. for goodness’ sake, it should be refurbished to its former glory.

  2. draliman says:

    The memories and history are more important than the wood. One day Henry might realise that.

  3. neilmacdon says:

    loved the idea of the family being in the piano

  4. Sometimes the younger generation doesn’t value it the same way, because they don’t have memories associated it with it the same way?

  5. Violet Lentz says:

    Now, there’s a motivation to tickle the ivories… Well done!

  6. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m thinking of The Borrowers for some reason 🙂

  7. Alice Audrey says:

    I guess the family feeling didn’t make it down to him personally.

  8. Dear Anurag,

    Do I detect a bizarre twist here? The family is IN the piano? Nicely done.



  9. Now that was interesting – especially that ambiguous final line! Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  10. Oh Henry doesn’t give into sentimentalities it seems. Not liking this henry guy

  11. pennygadd51 says:

    Your story has a good twist, Anurag. You steer us in the direction of thinking that the narrator is human, and then reveal that he isn’t. Nice work!

  12. I hope they come back to haunt him! Nice one.

  13. Dale says:

    Oh! Penny just made me realise that we are assuming the one “talking” is human… I guess not!!
    Love this!

  14. gahlearner says:

    Elves? Beetles? They should come back to haunt him. Unsensitive Henry.

  15. Henry will regret what he has done…

  16. granonine says:

    I can feel the pain. Seriously. Henry needs to head for the hills.

  17. A captivating tale of life from a termite’s perspective. They do destroy everything though.

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