Short story: The silence of Clementina Bird

copyright-roger-cohenWhen Clementina Bird was seven she took up the cello. She became so all consumed by the instrument that a short while later she announced she was going to stop speaking.
“From now on the cello will be my mouthpiece,” she said to us at dinnertime. Even at a young age Clementina had a way with words, so it was rather a shame.
When asked a question she plucked a low string for no and a high string for yes. If she wanted attention she bowed vigorously.

Clementina’s silence lasted six months, until her A string snapped, when she was heard to exclaim in a loud voice, “Oh confound it!”

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This piece of writing was inspired by the picture prompt provided by Roger Cohen for the Friday Fictioneers writing group run by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We all attempt to write 100 words (or so) and this week I’m slightly over. And despite loving the picture, I really struggled.

I’d love to receive comments and constructive criticism. Click here to read other people’s stories inspired by this picture or to join in.

51 thoughts on “Short story: The silence of Clementina Bird

    • Took me a while to work out ‘graph’! They’re normally ‘para’s to me. But I couldn’t agree more. It ends too abruptly, but I just couldn’t work out what to do without making it longer. Any suggestions appreciated Ron.

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  1. Whoa.. Six months of silence, now that would’ve been something to listen to the cellos for answers,, Great story and I was glad for the parents when the string snapped! 🙂

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  2. A cute story about a passionate girl….I’m with Bill on this one except I do not want to know what she will be like when she falls in love…that’s a girl who is going to get her way every time.

    Tom

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  3. Dear Claire,

    I once declared that I was not going to watch televison for an entire year and lasted almost as long as Clementina. “Oh confound it” is such a perfect exclamation. i really like her character. Some depth in there, I’m thinking.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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