M is for MAESTRO

Welcome to Day 13 of the Third Annual A to Z Challenge!

My theme my 26 fiction posts will revolve around something musical – it could be anything, as long as it's musically-related… maybe a song title, an artist/band, musical terminology, musical instruments, words relating to sound/rhythm/movement/dance etc.

MUSICAL ASSOCIATION/CONNECTION. MAESTRO – master/teacher (Italian); it is a title of extreme respect given to a master musician/conductor.


Like a master of his game, he was tuned in and had his finger on the pulse of every process in the finely orchestrated operation.

Just like the field of cuisine (his number one passion) in which he was the master chef always on the prowl to identify the next exotic dish, he was constantly snooping around… lurking… on the lookout for his next exotic victim. There were tight specifications in this game, so he knew exactly what he was looking for. Just get one spec wrong, and he would’ve picked the wrong somebody!

He couldn’t allow that to happen. There was no room for error. No room for second chances – or second choices, for that matter. Not in this game of human trading. You had to have all your pretty duckies lined up in a row… one by one… And boy, did he have some pretty ducks all lined up and waiting to go.

They were an eclectic bunch all right, from the furthest corners of the globe, in an assortment of colours… but all with the same burning desire…

To be the next successful model.

To walk down the coveted ramps of the international world of fashion design.

To rub shoulders with the who’s who of haute couture – well sorry, they were in for a nasty surprise – more like hope couture… if they only knew…

He chuckled…

His exotic dishes were waiting to be served up… to be sampled by the connoisseurs of the industry. They had been well prepared – and the garnishing added too!

He chuckled again…

The chef-de-luxe could sit back, relax and observe exactly what results each “dish” would yield! Unfortunately… the spoiled dishes would have to be discarded.

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  1. mary aalgaard on April 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I like this one. The grand master chef orchestrating the cuisine. mm mm.
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    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Yes… orchestrating the cuisine in the form of human trafficking! Frightening!

  2. Beverly Diehl on April 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Interesting, but… I got lost. You write it very well, but to go from music to cooking to fashion left my head spinning. I think if it was just two – music and fashion, say, or cooking and music, simple minds such as mine would be less confused.

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Sorry that you got confused Beverly. I should have included one or two more explanatory sentences which would have made it clearer. The gist is: the mastermind behind this is a food loving maniac; the exotic dishes are the variety of girls on display for human trading purposes. They think that they are being recruited as potential models… 🙂


  3. Elise Fallson on April 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Another good one! You can't go wrong with food and music.  (:

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Elise – good music, good food (you know the saying)… but in the above context, NOT good company 🙂

      • Elise Fallson on April 15, 2012 at 7:51 am

        Yes,  I should have been more clear in my comment,  I was stuck on the exotic dishes in the literal sense. But the human trafficking and  "the spoiled dishes would have to be discarded," is frightening and also very sad.

        • michelle on April 15, 2012 at 7:59 am

          Yes, it is… 🙁 a sad fact of life… and we only get a glimpse of the tip of the iceberg…

  4. Shelly on April 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Are you a chef, too! Because you expressed this person's feelings so well.

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Not by a long shot! 🙂

  5. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    A murderous chef?

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Yes, something to that effect… when the situation dictates…

  6. Donna L Martin on April 15, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Hi…I'm hopping over from the A to Z challenge…lovely blog…good luck with the challenge!
    Donna L Martin

    • michelle on April 15, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Thanks for visiting, Donna! I'm off to check out your blog now—————— *away she goes*

  7. Debbie on April 15, 2012 at 3:11 am

    You are indeed a Maestro orchestrating some great stories.

    • michelle on April 15, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Debbie, you have just inspired me afresh… which is sorely needed… only at the halfway mark and still 13 posts to go! Phew!

      Thank you…

  8. Robyn Campbell on April 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    The virtuoso of writing. A very well written piece. That ending got me good! Excellent.

    • michelle on April 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you Robyn! The ending is so NOT nice… quite "gross" in fact… if I must say so myself…

  9. k~ on April 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Nice use of more than one definition for this word. Nice to have found you throug through the A-Z… more specifically, to enjoy you because you found me.

    • michelle on April 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you November Rain…  🙂

  10. tara tyler on April 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    great piece!
    maestro always reminds me of that seinfeld episode…

    • michelle on April 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Unfortunately, I didn't watch much of Seinfeld… thanks TTT!

  11. Stephanie on April 16, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Creepy.  This one left me feeling decidedly uncomfortable…which is probably what you were going for!

  12. michelle on April 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Seems like I got the desired effect… it's not a comfortable topic…

  13. Damyanti on April 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Hope you’re enjoying the challenge so far!
    –Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  14. michelle on April 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Yes, I am! 🙂

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