Friday Fictioneers – “Fame”

The following story is being submitted as part of the Friday Fictioneers Contest, where writers are challenged to tell a complete story in 100 words.  This week we were given the genre of Historical Fiction and the photo prompt below.  As a musician, how could I pass this one up?

Happy Friday, everyone!

Keyboard Room



Jerry climbed the attic stairs slowly. For old times’ sake. With arthritic fingers, he rummaged through the microphone cords until he found the record he was looking for.

Soon Queen’s voice filled the air. “It was worth it!” the rock-star belted.

The music, the equipment… it all took Jerry back.

His first hit album.

Late nights with the guys.

Drinking away his sorrows as someone offered him “something stronger.” For inspiration, of course.

He spotted a photo scrawled with his autograph. Jerry Lee Lewis.

What had fame brought him? Seven failed marriages. Loneliness.

Oh boy.

Queen had it all wrong.




Photo Credit:  Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


12 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – “Fame”

  1. Dear John Mark,

    How many artists have known the truth of this story. Well written.

    Next I want to welcome you to Friday Fictioneers. I will warn you that it is habit forming. 😉 Also, this is NOT a contest. There are enough contests out there. I like to think of it as a safe place for writers to share their work and learn from others as well.



    Liked by 1 person

  2. I read this again this evening and really took it in. I think many actors and rock stars are offered something stronger and it takes them where they don’t want to go. Great story in 100 words. Welcome to FF. As Rochelle said – You will become addicted.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s