Affective is a collection of fresh reads, perspectives, and thought pieces



April 23

Often art is only limited to a certain scale or an unyielding audience, as this tiny story depicts. Each of our 100 Word stories is an affecting piece of flash fiction that brings to life a particular moment, idea or setting.

The old man played an approximation of Brahms on the restaurant piano, as he had every Friday night for decades. When he looked up, he saw a grand concert hall rather than tables full of diners. In the audience he recognised his mother, the long dead teacher whose apprentice he had been and other vaguely familiar faces. The chatter around him was replaced by improvisational flourishes he added to the allegro, anticipating the crowd’s applause. When he finished, he looked up and saw his wife seated at the bar, smiling affectionately as a waiter brought her starter.