‘The Soprano’, a very short story.

She walked slowly to center stage, the hall empty, only the footlights on.  Rehearsing the Strauss, she struggled until it became second nature. Glancing into the dark she raised her eyes to the balcony, tears falling unheeded.

He left, calling her overly dramatic, insecure.  Right he was; the music did unbalance her. She was grasping at straws, her nerves raw. The Strauss tormented, pulled her apart.  All that Schonheit and Tod.


She remembered his lips on her breast bending her backward over the bed, moving into her, arousing a passion only the music matched. Climaxes, lyrically linked together, coached out by the maestro, his tongue a fleshy baton conducting the rhythm.  She missed his strong, elegant hands.

Now he was gone, choosing  this week to leave, wishing her ‘luck’.  Distressed, she floated in doubt.  Backstage a French horn softly played a passage of  this difficult, sublime music.

 Raising her head, she squared her shoulders. Fuck him. She was the Soprano.

She was in control of her life now, center stage.  Double fuck him.


He sat in the dark, eyes glittering like a garden snake, lips pressed tightly together.  He was still the maestro. He was still in control.  He would make her remember.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2009, 2011

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4 Responses to “‘The Soprano’, a very short story.”

  1. Margie Says:

    This is beautiful in its brevity – compact and every word holding meaning. Loved it! I don’t believe I’ve read this before, is it new?

    Love ya!


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Hey Margie!

    No, it’s not new, but I don’t think I have ever posted it….it’s a flasher of a first chapter….also called “The Soprano”. I wanted to go on with it, (short story) but didn’t. Might.

    Thank you, Margie for reading and your encouraging comment. That’s the joy of a flasher (200 word story) …Every word HAS to have weight and importance….




  3. Liras Says:

    Yum! Games, intrigue, lust, power plays. A few of my favorite things!

    (More? Please!)


  4. ladynyo Says:

    LOL~! Liras…

    I’ll send it to you privately. “The Shibari Series”….. a strange tale. Right up yours.


    Lady Nyo


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