The Guitarist’s Inheritance
The Guitarist’s Inheritance was originally written for Task Six of the 2007-8 SlingInk Eurofiction Competition. The prompt used was "Write a story entitled 'The Inheritance'". Under its original title of - not surprisingly - The Inheritance, it was placed 18th equal out of a total field of 57. The (unnamed) judge commented that it was a "short, simple and affecting story. It's extremely economically written, which gives it a beautifully simple elegance."
The Guitarist’s Inheritance was published under its new ever-so-slightly more interesting title in Issue 16 of the online magazine apt, in July 2008.
I try to avoid stories about death, disease and dementia wherever possible, because in some ways they're so bloody easy to write about. The emotion's already programmed in. Unless you're going to go for a completely new angle, you're pretty much wasting your time. So I'm still not sure if I really like this one. But at least it's quite short.