Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Awaiting the Letter


friday-fictioneers-111816-bjc3b6rn-14His hands are shaking.

He can barely get the key into the mailbox slit.

Will the letter be in there?

He holds the letter firmly; runs his fingers across the calligraphy engraved return address.

Feeling unsteady, he sits on the dank urine-stench steps.

This letter could be my way out of this dump.

No one has faith in my musical talent. I’ll prove them wrong.

He’s tired of playing jazz at the smokey ‘Cafe Wha?’.

“Dear Randolph,” 

“We regret that you do not qualify, at this time, to be in our Juilliard Music Program.”

Uncontrollably sobbing.

Perhaps, everyones right.

2016©Isadora De La Vega


Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt:©Bjorn Rudberg

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*****I used to go to the Cafe Wha? in my twenties with my, then, boyfriend, now, hubby.

      Cafe Wha? is a club at the corner of MacDougal Street and Minetta Lane in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City that has presented numerous musicians and comedians. Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, The Velvet Underground, Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys, Kool and the Gang, Peter, Paul & Mary, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and many others all began their careers at the Wha? ©wikipedia

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

38 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Awaiting the Letter

  1. What a shame. It’s often difficult to find opportunities for advancement or work in the arts. Good writing, Isadora. —- Suzanne

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  2. Oh no! Whatever, don’t succumb to self doubt

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  3. Ah us creative types and our self doubt!

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  4. Querida Isadora,

    A high school guidance counselor that I saw one time to talk about the future (required by the school) told me (mind you I was 16) that I wasn’t college material. His advice was to go to trade school or get married. I came away believing I was stupid.
    Heartfelt story. His despair was tangible. Muy bien.

    Shalom y abrazos,


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    • Querida Rochelle,
      What an ass !!! … excuse my language. I had a college English professor give me a “D” on a paper once. When I asked him why?
      He said,”You’re better than this paper.” “I think a bad grade will get it in your head.” HA … I was sad for weeks until a friend told me he did that to woman he liked. It was his way to meet after class with them. YIKES … !!! But, I still always doubt my writing because of that statement.
      You’ve come along way from those awful words, my dear friend. Teachers should be more aware of their words. Words can be weapon.
      Thank you for feeling the pain of rejection coming through in my story. Thank YOU for being such a gracious hostess on FF.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Blessings for heartfelt love all day … 😍
      La Khaim
      Isadora 😎

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  5. Oh, he can’t give up! Julliard isn’t the end all, be all. You captured his heartbreak very well. Kudos.

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  6. Being rejected is part, and maybe he will find his way… I have a brother in law who tried, and gave up to become a chef at a restaurant.

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  7. Such loss of hope; it’s such a hard thing in life, and you’ve really captured it here, Isadora. Nice job!

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  8. Poor Randolf! I feel so sorry for him because it is such a huge disappointment! I hope he doesn’t give up and keeps trying! Wonderful story, Isadora!

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  9. I hope he doesn’t give up!

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  10. What a sad ending. I hope he doesn’t give up and tries again.

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  11. Feel sorry for him. Trouble is we feel good only when others appreciate. This is the hallmark, when sales are up, you are good. Beautifully written story.

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    • I appreciate your stopping by and visiting, Indira. Your comment is so true. At times, we base our value on what others think.
      I’ll make it a positive ending and say that, perhaps, he can find comfort in the fact that he has a passion for what he loves to do – play music.
      Isadora 😎

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  12. Not good enough for Juliard does not mean not good enough.
    He needs to prove them wrong..

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  13. This is heartbreaking. It seems he is very talented. I know Julliard is the top school for this. But I know when I applied for university, they said to always have a number two and three. Perhaps there are other schools he can apply to. Frankly, anywhere he can get in will be better than he is. And often number two are three can be better than where you originally wanted to go. Maybe they will help him pay his way more too? Great write Isadora. You can feel how hard the rejection hits him.

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    • I’m smiling brightly because this story has stirred a lot of emotions in everyone. : )
      Since this is fiction, I don’t know if he continued on his musical journey. (perhaps, a short story in this one for me to write)
      I’m going to think positive and say he was spurred by their negativity to prove them wrong.
      My daughter was rejected from a school she wanted to attend. Perhaps, that may have been where the thought of rejection came in.
      Yes, Juilliard is a very difficult school to get into. You’re right that adding a 2nd & 3rd choice is important when applying to universities.
      I’m tickled pink everyone was moved by the story. Thank you, Mandible, for your insightful comment and for visiting.
      Lovely to see you.
      Isadora 😎

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  14. That’s every artist’s dilemma isn’t it? What if they’re rightt?

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