Copyright – Björn Rudberg

Copyright – Björn Rudberg

It was summer money, but mostly punishment. I had been miserable and showed it. Bussing tables at my aunt’s eatery was humiliating.

It wasn’t uncommon for people to pick one of the house instruments for an impromptu performance. It was uncommon for two strangers to seamlessly synchronize without a word. The new graduate student introduced himself through his talent that night. I was mesmerized, eyes closed to the notes.

When they finished playing, he excused himself: “Carpe diem – thank you – I’m late.” He played most nights that summer. I worked every night the rest of that summer, dancing to daydreams.


100 words. Feedback appreciated. I’m prone to daydreams, and I’m especially apt to take an adventure in the presence of the music I imagine would come from these two instruments.


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14 thoughts on “Daydreaming

    • Thank you Liz. I didn’t imagine she ever did speak to him, but that’s the beauty of fiction – it’s open to personal interpretation. Who knows? Perhaps she did and just didn’t share that part of her story with me.


    • Thank you sustainabilitea!
      I worked as a server and a bartender, and there were some pretty stellar musicians that would come through the places I worked, but nothing that induced such folly. Too bad. It sounds like she had fun in her imagination that summer. 🙂


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