A Night at the Opera

Look, here’s the thing,” Joanna said, “I really want to go to that opera and I’m sorry that it’s on the same night as that stupid rock concert by a bunch of feral and frenzied musicians. You can go see them some other time.”

“That’s just not feasible,” Steven said. “This tour is the band’s farewell tour and they’re only appearing here locally that one night. And FYI, The Rolling Stones are arguably one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. So forget about your stupid opera, Joanna. It’s in Italian or something, anyway, and I won’t understand a word they’re singing.”

“Well,” Joanna said icily,” we have quite the disagreement here, haven’t we, Steven? Besides, there’s no correlation between the language of an opera and its emotional impact. Don’t you remember Julia Roberts in that scene from the movie Pretty Woman?”

“I hated that movie,” Steven said. “So I’m going to offer the most harmonious solution I can think of. You go to your damn opera alone and I’ll go to the Stones’ concert alone.”

“That’s your harmonious solution?” Joanna said. “We each go our own way, do our own thing? Don’t you think that’s kind of detrimental to the health of our relationship?”

“No, not in the whole scheme of things, Joanna,” Steven said. “We’re both stubborn and neither of us is going to budge, so yeah, let’s just do our own thing that night. It’s just one night, for crissake.”

Joanne looked at her watch. “I’ve got to do some stretches before I get in a few flights on the Stairmaster,” she said. “We can discuss your proposed solution further when I’m done.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (look/disagreement), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (feral and frenzied/harmonious), Your Daily Word Prompt (feasible/detriment), My Vivid Blog (correlation), Word of the Day Challenge (stretches), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (flight).

Note: when I started writing this post I was originally intending it to be in response to Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, which is the word “opera” in exactly 95 words. But I got carried away and have around three times that many words. So sorry about that, Sammi. Maybe next time.

10 thoughts on “A Night at the Opera

  1. newepicauthor August 27, 2022 / 4:03 pm

    I hate word count restrictions, as they interfere with creativity.

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    • Fandango August 27, 2022 / 5:59 pm

      Usually I can manage to stay within the designated word count, but not this time.

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    • Fandango August 28, 2022 / 6:56 am

      Thanks, Carol Anne.


  2. Nope, Not Pam August 28, 2022 / 4:02 am

    I’m not sure why she’s so pissy. It’s a perfect solution. I took hubby to the opera once, he fell asleep, and he snores very loudly

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  3. Bill August 28, 2022 / 7:51 am

    Nicely contrived. Loved the story.

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  4. E.M. Kingston August 31, 2022 / 12:15 am

    I would have told her, “You do you” too, and if that put the relationship at an unhealthy level, she should go to the shrink instead of the opera 😀

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  5. leigha66 September 3, 2022 / 2:42 pm

    Yikes, personally I see nothing wrong with this one time each going their own way. However, in the future they should plan accordingly, so if they find two things on the same night they decide their destination sooner than the night of.

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