*banjo

A small Sunday Papers fanfic...
  • It's Fandot Creativity night and the first prompt was 10-15 minutes to write or draw something on the theme of "banjos and balloons". I only managed the former...
  • John:"Kevin?"
  • Kevin, reading newspaper:"Mm?"
  • John:"Can you play any musical instruments?"
  • Kevin:"Actually... I can."
  • John:"Which one?"
  • Kevin:"The piano. And also the guitar. And the cello. And of course the viola. And I have been known to dabble in the harpsichord."
  • John:"Dabble in the what?"
  • Kevin:"Harpsichord."
  • John:"Is that like a harp?"
  • Kevin:"... no."
  • John:"Right. You see, the thing is, I haven't made any New Year's resolutions yet, and I thought I might take up a musical instrument."
  • Kevin, incredulously:"Really?"
  • John:"Uh-huh."
  • Kevin:"You?"
  • John, annoyed:"Actually, I thought I might take up the banjo."
  • Kevin, laughing:"..."
  • John, ignoring him:"...Yes, I was in a shop the other day and they were advertising banjo lessons, and I thought, why not, so anyway I've signed up for a one-year full-time intensive course at the London College of Music. I start on Monday."
  • Kevin:"Right. So you're taking this quite seriously, then?"
  • John:"Well, of course. I never do anything lightly, as you know. I'm not a dabbler."
  • Kevin:"Have you ever actually played the banjo before?"
  • John, brightly:"Never!"
  • Kevin:"Even as I said it I knew it was a stupid question."
  • John:"I don't even know what one looks like! Is it some sort of percussion?"