Apparently attending an opera is an intensely emotional experience. Today, let’s write about it. Keep reading to see today’s writing prompt and my completed version of it: Experiencing La Bohème.

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Today’s Writing Prompt: At The Opera

Today, write about two or more characters who are attending an opera.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Experiencing La Bohème, by K.E. Creighton

Haley had never been to an opera before. But here she was, gliding up red velvet carpeted stairs in a borrowed ball gown with matching silk gloves, on the way to see La Bohème. It was all a bit much for her to be honest, the fancy clothes and garishly posh environment. But a long time ago Haley had promised herself to always reserve judgment for anything, or anyone, until after she had actually experienced it or them first. So, here she was, at an opera, running a few minutes late to boot.

Her date, Henry, was waiting at the top of the staircase, kind of like Jack in Titanic. And it made all the nerves in her stomach tighten. Although their roles would be reversed in this scenario, of course, because she was the pauper here and he most certainly was not. He was handsome, yes, but why he asked her on this date was still a mystery. A mystery she wasn’t sure she wanted to solve.

Haley had met Henry through her work a couple of months ago. She had been assigned to work as a lead on a small marketing campaign for his firm at his request. It had been the big break she needed in her career. Then once the work for the campaign had come to a close he asked her out on a date, this date, to the opera. And it was curious because they had barely ever spoken to each other before outside of topics related to his marketing campaign.

They didn’t speak much during the first two acts of the opera either, for obvious reasons. But she caught him glancing at her a few times. And she noticed the serious furrow of his brow and how he would sigh each time a performer’s voice would drop more than an octave.

It wasn’t until intermission that they got a chance to talk. Haley had been mesmerized by the opera and couldn’t stop talking about it at first, while they waited for their drinks. Once she finally realized he hadn’t said much yet, she apologized, “I’m so sorry to prattle on like this. I know you’ve probably seen this opera a dozen times before.” Henry responded, “Only once, on opening night. I haven’t always had access to the opera. But I thought it would be a great first date. And I was right. You can tell a lot about a person by observing them at the opera, especially an opera like La Bohème.” Then he smiled at her. And she smiled back.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

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