Alejandra’s Violin

Posted: March 29, 2023 in Friday Fictioneers
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By age four, Alejandra played violin much better than her father. At ten, she performed for noblemen and kings, each engagement recorded by an operculum shell attached to the edge of her instrument with resin from a sacred cedar. Slowly, the shells deepened the tone of her violin, creating a sound like no other. Magic! some whispered. Others shouted, Witchery!

Her figure blossomed, and men fell hopelessly in love as her bow glided over the strings. Wives, and some mothers, grew jealous and began to whisper Witchery so loudly that one day Alejandra and her music simply disappeared.

  1. James McEwan says:

    Such envy is dangerous, unfortunately exists everywhere.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Some people are just too perfect for this world

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Such a tragic loss at the end. I hope they learned a lesson from it, but as humankind, we’re not so good at that.

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  4. msjadeli says:

    A very grim fairy tale. Humans run the spectrum between good and evil and there is no escaping it.

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  5. trentpmcd says:

    Ooops, I guess you can be too good for your own good…

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  6. So true to life it makes me mad!
    As hard as it is to be a woman today, we’ve come a long way baby.

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  7. Well written. I knew what was coming but I couldn’t look away. I’d cast a spell on those jealous hags.

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  8. Dear Lish,

    I hope she disappeared by choice. I don’t think she was the witch among them. Well done.



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  9. Bill says:

    Right. It’s not always the men. 🙂
    Well done.

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  10. GHLearner says:

    What a beautifully drafted and moving tale. Jealousy is the opposite of beauty, the two repel each other. I’m glad to read that the disappearence is by choice. My first thought was pyre.

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  11. CGraith says:

    Sad story but well told.

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  12. poetisatinta says:

    Sad tale of someone who had magic in her fingertips 💞

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  13. plaridel says:

    it looks like she found her prince charming. 🙂

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  14. Gone but never to be forgotten.

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  15. A tragic tale of the power of jealousy, so beautifully written. The last line is so ominous that I want to know what happened to her and her music. Very well done, Alicia!

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  16. granonine says:

    Oh, my goodness! Such a lovely start, only to be distorted by fear, jealousy, and ugliness. Good writing.

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  17. Forestwood says:

    A sad reflection on historical prejudice and whispers that could be dangerous for women. A great take on my photo! Thanks so much. This was a great read.


    • Thank you. An even sadder thing is that I think we’re going backward in time. Thanks for providing a great photo.

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      • Forestwood says:

        In many ways, we do seem to be regressing. I blame internet porn for a lot of attitudes young men have about women being pieces of meat. I don’t know if that is true, but the decline in attitudes ( while overtly appearing PC) seemed to coincide with the rise in popularity of internet culture and information. The WWW is a double-edged sword. I love it but I don’t love everything about it.

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  18. Nobbinmaug says:

    We love to tear people down just as much as we love to build them up. Success and jealousy is a vicious two-headed beast.

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