A minstrel girl finds relief from her troubled past in her alcohol and singing, but when her hearing abandons her, she must decide between contentment in silence or taking her own life.
I wrote this story—complete at nearly five thousand words—in four days for Kendra E. Ardnek’s contest over at knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com.
Maeve and her brother Ealar have been journeying throughout the whole land of Éire for six months now, masked as minstrel lads. Though even Maeve cannot deny her growing addiction to alcohol, life is going well.
Until this night.
This night, when the ringing of her ears grows unbearable.
The next morning, when she learns the dreadful truth.
When the Music Fades has been a wonderful way to put myself into Maeve’s shoes, to imagine my own reaction in the same situation.
The winner of the contest will be announced on the twenty-fifth. So close… yet so very far away.