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Bleeding Moon


by Chris Okum


All he wants to do is play the piano. But no one likes the way he plays the piano. Or sits at the piano. Or his posture when he stands up from the piano. Or the way he walks to and from the piano. So they won't let him play the piano. And that's all he wants to do. Play the piano. So now he's at the hospital. Where there's no piano. He's asked to come into a room with fake wood on the walls and sit in a green folding chair and look into a camera explain to a doctor why he thinks he's at the hospital. He looks at the camera and thinks about giving his answer, but then he looks away and tells the doctor that he doesn't know why he's at the hospital. He looks at the doctor and smiles. He tells the doctor he thinks being at the hospital might have something to do with him and the piano and how no one wants him to play the piano. The doctor asks him if he would like to play the piano right now and he says he does. He says, Very much so. The doctor asks him on a scale between one and ten how much does he want to play the piano and he's afraid of giving the wrong number so he doesn't answer. He watches as the doctor scribbles something onto a yellow note pad. He tells the doctor that the hospital doesn't have a piano. The doctor asks him if he would like the hospital better if there was a piano available to play and he says it wouldn't make a difference because even if there was a piano he wouldn't want to play it in front of other people because in his experience when he plays the piano in front of other people they get very upset for reasons he doesn't really understand. He tells the doctor that even he, the doctor, probably wouldn't like it if he played the piano, and the doctor doesn't disagree. He tells the doctor that sometime in the future, when he is out of the hospital, he would like to play the piano again, and he notices that when he says the words 'in the future' the doctor grimaces. He watches the doctor scribble onto the yellow note pad for what feels like forever. He asks the doctor if he thinks the hospital will ever acquire a piano and the doctor, without even looking up from his yellow note pad, says, No. 

 

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