Not Love at First Sight

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers!  This week’s photo prompt inspired me to think about the admiration I have for so many musicians. There seems to be a universal reaction to music as the language of love, or at least the language of infatuation. Are you old enough to remember the crowds of screaming young girls at every Beatles concert?

In the world of opera, as well, there is no shortage of passionate tenors, powerful baritones and handsome basses. I remember my reaction to a shirtless Samuel Ramey as Mephistopheles. Oh. My. God.

As I looked at this week’s prompt, I wondered about the reverse situation. Do men fall in love (or fall in lust) with their favorite female opera divas? This is the subject of my 100-word story, below.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields leads our international band of fictioneers by providing a photo prompt to inspire us each week. Writers from around the world post 100-word stories, based on the prompt. You can see them all here, and you can post your own story, too!

Many thanks to David Stewart for this week’s photo.

Photo Copyright: David Stewart

Photo Copyright: David Stewart

Not Love at First Sight

by Jan Brown

He was drawn immediately to her mezzo soprano voice. It was love at first hearing, not love at first sight. He pushed his way through the throng of admirers to introduce himself.

She was drawn immediately to his fawning adoration. To know that her voice stirred something in his heart—what an ego boost! He professed admiration, but hinted that it was love. She was deeply moved. For her, it was love at first conversation, not love at first sight.

But–was this really love?

Twenty-five years later, they were still married, she was still singing, he was still admiring.



43 thoughts on “Not Love at First Sight

  1. Loved this Jan especially the lines ‘love at first hearing’ and ‘love at first conversation’ always interesting what attracts one person to another.

  2. So often, it’s not the physical that attracts us, but some other beauty that we see in a person– their voice, their presence, their adoration. Later, we wonder how we didn’t see how we missed the physical beauty. Well done, Jan. It’s sweet, clever and true.

  3. I totally agree with Dawn. I fell in love with my husband’s sense of humor… Lucky for me, he’s cute as heck too. Thanks for the happy ending, think I’ll try for one next time.

  4. Actually, you draw attention to relationships that stem from the sometimes very dodgy mindset behind the ‘worshipping fan’ syndrome. While you can love the voice (or whatever) the ‘diva’ can be an absolute horror in real life. The fan can be a crazed obsessive stalker. Your characters got lucky though. Most divas are sopranos though, not mezzos. Except for me, of course. Anyway, interesting take on the prompt. 🙂

  5. Dear Jan,

    Oh. My. God.

    Sorry, but I could not help cribbing that wonderful line from your thoughtful and intriguing introduction. I loved your story and believe that I have learned more about you from it than from all of your other stories down through the years. Awesome tale with a sweet and happy ending.



    • Thank you, Doug. Now you know (among other things) my not-so-secret lust for Samuel Ramey!

      As to the story, I normally am not inclined to write happy endings. They can seem unrealistic and forced. But I thought these two characters deserved a shot at happiness. Whether or not it’s true love, they certainly meet each other’s needs quite well.



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