Player Piano


Written as part of a challenge called Friday fictioneers, details at

Suzy looked at Cory.  “You know Grammy’s piano has a clown in it!   That’s why it plays itself!   It crawls out at night..”

“Noooo!  There aren’t no clowns in it!   I hate clowns!”  Cory stomps his foot and slowly bands away from the piano.  “It’s in the garage.   Noone is in there!”

“It’s comes out at night.  Why do you think Grammy has nightlights? So the clown can walk around without tripping on her stuff.  He’s been here for years.   You’re just to young to know.”

I’m asking Grammy.  You’re lying!!  Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!”  Cory runs out of the room.

Suzy laughs hysterically.

From behind her legs emerge from the keyboard.  Stealthy they miss the keys.

22 thoughts on “Player Piano

  1. Fun stuff! I’d like to meet that clown myself. I hate that Stephen King made them scary, although, not all children like clowns. But still, I like clowns. I like the story, too! 😉

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. Pennywise wasn’t the first evil clown. But there are several people creeped out by them. Our evolution tells us to read face ail and body language. Clowns parade around with the painted smile on, if their nose is a ball or hair is a crazy wig, we can’t get a good read on these people. Actually, I have two people I know who do children’s parties as clowns. They surely aren’t the same person I talk to, if they are entertaining. 😀


    1. Well Grammy is a little strange apparently. Most people hate clowns. There is an innate fear of things that hide their faces. We need body language to communicate properly. A made up face and fake noses, hair and ears makes us natural nervous.

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