This is an excerpt from an unpublished work.
“Jacob, are you even listening to me?” His mom always seemed to think he was ignoring her.
“I didn’t hear you. Sorry.”
“I’m standing right here. I’m glad you love reading, but honestly, you get so lost in those books. Are you going or not?”
“Aw, mom. It’s a bunch of girls and they don’t even like music.”
“You can talk to girls. And even, heaven forbid, people who don’t like music.”
… more … “Mom and Dad and Bets”
When he first realized that no one else heard the music, he went to his room, sat on the bed, and stared at the closet door. It had never occurred to him that he was a freak, walking around with this noise in his head all the time.
When his father used to tell him to turn off the record player and enjoy the peace and quiet, he’d been too baffled to respond. … more … “The Music – Excerpt from an Unpublished Coming of Age Novel”