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“In the darkened room, the piano’s outline stood like a Greek statue she’d seen before.”

“I threw it away,” she said. “I thought you were finished reading it.” “Good heavens.” Jon reached into the trash, producing the wrinkled paper. He sat down and unfolded its pages. His eyes moved frantically across each line. “Is everything okay?” Jon leaned back into the chair. He took a long breath and then another. “Everything’s falling apart. I might lose my job.” Anna sat on the bench to collect herself. Jon continued: “We’re not going to be able to afford this apartment. You might have to find work. My word. We might even have to sell the piano.” Anna felt feverish. Her hands began to tremble. “I wanted to play you something for our anniversary,” she managed to say. “A song I’ve worked really hard on.” “Please! Honey, can it wait? I’m not going to be able to read with that noise.” Anna turned away so Jon wouldn’t see her cry, but he heard the choked sobs. “I’m sorry, darling. This is just bad timing,” he said while pushing a piece of hair back from his face. “Just play your song while I read, will you?” For the rest of the evening, Jon hunched forward and read the paper cover-to-cover in silence. Anna did not play a single note.

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Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

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