Backstage Lady- 99

It’s complicated, but I made this one for the December 19th Flash Fiction Challenge



The backstage lady said I’d go on right after Marvin Joplin. She told me to wait on the stairs, and when I heard them intro Marvin; be ready to go on.

When they announced him, I moved into the wings. He performed a Johnny Cash number I’d heard on the radio hundreds of times. I found the backstage lady and complained.

“You said we were to perform an original song.”

“That’s right.”

“I heard Johnny Cash play this song.”

“Yeah,” she smiled.

I asked her if I could go on later, not right now, not right after Marvin Joplin.


The prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features an open mic night. Take a character backstage, on stage or into the deep woods. Go where the prompt leads!

11 thoughts on “Backstage Lady- 99

  1. Years ago I saw a televised interview with stage/film actress (Dame) Judi Dench. She told her story of initially wanting to be a stage lighting designer, until the time she attended a play that changed the course of her life. She was so dumb-struck by the lighting design of that play, she decided there and then that she could not ever measure up. Thankfully for the rest of us, she refocused her creative energy on acting rather than designing. But, it does make you think about the nature of inherent talent and creativity vs. passion and inspiration.

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