The Shadow's Price

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Summary

To what lengths would you go in wanting to become the best in your profession? In modern-day Vienna, the music capital of the world, Drake McKinley moved to the city of music from the UK in the hopes of becoming a famous concert pianist. But constant disappoints and rejections drive him to become a frustrated, bitter, and angry individual. When a public auction takes place, his attention is caught by a piece of furniture for sale and discovers it once belonged to Ludwig van Beethoven, who in turn bought it through word of mouth that it belonged to the famed Johann Sebastian Bach. With the mirror now in his possession, he quickly discovers there is more to the 17th century Italian style dressing table that meets the eye. For within the mirror, a shadow man appears, with frequent promises in making him one of the greatest pianists the world had ever seen. But at what cost? What price did Bach and Beethoven pay to become the beloved composers we came to know and love today?

Genre:
Thriller / Horror
Author:
Kim Appelgryn
Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
2
Rating:
5.0 4 reviews
Age Rating:
18+

PROLOGUE

“How could you?! I am Vienna’s greatest composer! I’ve written music that defied the laws of convention! Yet you took away my gift?!” Ludwig shouted at the mirror. He picked up his wine glass and angrily tossed it against the wall, shattering next to the mirror.

Just then, an image appeared. The mirror began to swirl like smoke and the figure of a hooded man appeared. His face could not be seen. The Schattenmann, as they were known. In a voice that sounded as if metal was scraping against metal, Ludwig realised the Schattenmann was laughing.

“What did I take away from you?” he asked in a mocking tone.

Ludwig sat in the corner of his room, hugging himself, rocking back and forth while the high-pitch whistle kept ringing inside his head. He looked up at the mirror and miserably exclaimed, “This was not part of our bargain?!”

Not part of our bargain?” The image of the Schattenmann would flicker with every word. “If I recall, you promised you’d give me anything, in exchange to become the greatest composer the world had seen since the death of Mozart. You promised, and I delivered. And now, everyone in the world, from here on until the end of days, people will know the name of Beethoven!”

Ludwig held his ears and roared in rage, the ringing seemed louder than usual while the Schattenmann laughed. The image began to swirl and the hooded figure disappeared back into the mirror.

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