WEP: Antique Antics

“If you keep bringing in junk, this place will soon look like a rubbish heap instead of a restaurant.”

“Hush, just look at the intricate carvings right above the keys and the not-too worn-out pedals; it’s well-loved! Let’s put it opposite that beautifully graffitied table to keep some space for dancing.”

“Whatever,” she rolled her eyes; “make sure your love for ‘so-called’ things that imbibe feelings don’t bankrupt you.”

That night, as the moonlight streamed in, the interiors lit up with a royal shine. The enchanting melody of a sonata drifted up as patrons from different centuries mingled.

 


Tagline: Judge furniture by its soul, not age.

Word Count – 98 words: For comments, anything works.

The photo prompt was given by Roger Bultot at the Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and the word prompt (Space) was given for the Six Sentence Stories at the Girlie on the Edge hosted by Denise Farley. This month’s WEP musical theme is the ‘Moonlight Sonata’ by Beethoven. 

81 responses to “WEP: Antique Antics”

  1. A three in one! I like when restaurants have cool collectibles and personal touches.

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  2. I like ending. Patrons from different centuries felt welcome.

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  3. A decorating scheme that invites all comers…a sure winner!

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  4. The stories that furniture could tell!

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    1. And the ones we can get ‘inspired’ from 😉

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  5. Adding that eclectic touch makes a place seem homier. Nice six!

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    1. People across centuries would agree.

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  6. Great idea, providing a place to mingle for people throughout time. Every period catered for.

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    1. Just imagine the delicacies 😍

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  7. Your story works great. Well done.

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  8. A lovely story with a beautiful conclusion. Well done.

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  9. Dear Bernadette,

    Some people would call that ambience. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  10. A surreal, lyrical ending to a great story.

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  11. Beautiful story, Music permeates time. And today is a super moon, just fitting for your challenge.

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    1. Maybe that’s why the theme was selected for August 🤔😉

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  12. Cute story, very well written! Love it!

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  13. What a great ending. This morning I was visiting a antique centre, so many interesting items on display all with soul and even demons

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    1. That’s great! Did you identify any?

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  14. Your story flows from the photo so richly! Inspiring. Well done!

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    1. After all, it’s supposed to be from the soul 😉

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  15. Nothing like a little Beethoven to set the mood for your story. I’m actually working on that piece right now, so your post struck a chord with me–oh dear, pun NOT intended 🙂

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    1. Great to hear! I’ll be around soon.

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  16. The untold stories within that furniture create a charming atmosphere. Lovely!

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  17. Hi,
    Your take on the prompt is awesome. it brought back memories of when I was studying in Munich, Germany. I stayed in a pension called Cafe Beethoven and on Friday evenings, I could hear whoever was playing the grand piano in the restaurant playing the Moonlight Sonata. A job well done in so few words.
    Shalom aleichem

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    1. Thanks Pat. That place sounds incredible.

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  18. Nice! I love old pieces with history and love embedded in them

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  19. I love antiques! Have a small collection of my own that mean the world! Especially a desk owned by my grandmother. Beautiful flash!

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  20. “Patrons from different centuries” – how fascinating. My imagination is stirring.

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    1. I felt the same way while writing it 🙂

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  21. Sweet and simple. I like the tagline.
    Nancy

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  22. So much feeling with so few words. Nicely Done! Love the pic, too!

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    1. Thanks Michael. We’ve got Roger and Rochelle to thank for the pic.

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  23. I’m impressed at your pairing of three prompts! The descriptions were lovely and set the scene (“the not-too worn out pedals”).

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I’m glad you thought so.

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  24. I’m so glad the WEP prompt worked for you alongside FF. I was enchanted by the idea of enchanting melodies drifting up as patrons from different centuries mingled. What a beautiful thought.

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    1. The Sonata is enchanting indeed 🙂

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  25. Lovely interpretation of the flash Moonlight Sonata. Antiques are so attractive because of all possibilities and, as you’ve suggested, the ghost that dance around them.

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    1. If you’re careful you can definitely spot them 😉

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  26. I really enjoyed reading this post. I like how you emphasized on the furniture having souls. Some furniture have a distinct personality and I feel that the their shape and carving helps me see that 🙂

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    1. Furniture has a life of its own. I love imagining past stories of the worn out ones.

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  27. Antiques + music = a winner!
    I loved your charming tale.

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    1. Thanks Michelle 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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      1. Congratulations on your WEP award, Bernadette!

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  28. A wonderful take on the prompt! You set a beautiful scene in so few words. Impressive!

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  29. Clever to combine the two prompts! And a very unique take on the WEP one. You always manage to say a lot in a teeny tiny word count. Thank you for this moving and original entry.

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    1. Thank you for reading 🙂 I’m glad you liked it.

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  30. Love this story. So much said in so few words. If only antiques could talk. Nice take on the prompt. The last line is perfect.

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    1. They may not be able to talk, but they can certainly give out the vibe.

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  31. Hi Bernadette – a clever take on the prompts … and yes – if antiques could talk … lovely to think the piano will be restored to play once again … cheers Hilary

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    1. Till then it works well enough for its ghostly patrons.

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  32. A cleaver and intriguing take on the prompt that showcases an excellent use of brevity. Well done, Bernadette.

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  33. This was a unique take and I loved the tagline!

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    1. Thanks Sonia 🙂 I’m glad you liked it.

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  34. A handful of words that raise a lot of questions – in a good way. It’s interesting to think about the stories some items could tell if they could.

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    1. Indeed. Thanks for reading 😀

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  35. I wanted to see those different patrons from different centuries. That was interesting.

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  36. Short and sweet. The story worked nicely with the photo.

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    1. Thank you 😀 I’m glad you thought so.

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  37. Congratulations on your WEP award.

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  38. Many congratulations! Your unusual piece was spectacular.

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