2016AtoZChallenge

“Are you listening to me?” Andrew asked.

Alice glared at Andrew. “Are you having me on?”

“Absolutely not. Actuality is my middle name.”

“As you are not joking,” said Alice, “perhaps you’d care to tell me how a deaf person can listen.”

Andrew raised his eyebrows. “Although deaf people cannot hear, they are well able to listen. Are you not aware of that?”

“Ah,” said Alice. “And your point is…?”

Annoyed, Andrew wrote in capital letters: “A LISTENER DOESN’T NEED TO BE ABLE TO HEAR. A LISTENER NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND ALL MESSAGES, VISUAL AS WELL AS AURAL.”

“Are you saying I don’t listen to you?”

Andrew smiled, nodded and wrote, “Apparently my message is finally seeping into your brain.”

“Am I allowed to take these headphones off now? Arnold Schoenberg isn’t my favourite composer.”

Headphones

Hmm, not one of my better stories. They will get better, I promise.

The B story will appear on Sunday.

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This is not good enough. I need to write other blog posts besides those for 100WCGU. Not that I have anything against 100WCGU, but that’s not all this blog is about. So I will be writing other posts – as soon as I’ve thought of something to say!

In the meantime, here’s another post for

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This time we have to include the prompt:

… in the dark recess of my mind …

The Listener

So she’s telling me the story in all its detail. Her memory is amazing. She remembers every word they said to each other, every movement, every facial expression. She can describe not only the whole scene but also the people who walked past them. Anonymous souls who have no connection to the story. How does she do it?

I’m staring at her, wide-eyed and open-mouthed. After each sentence, I’m going “Really?” and “Wow!” and “No!” and “Oh my God!”

Somewhere, in the dark recess of my mind, in that secret place to which she has no access, I’m thinking: Don’t succumb to the temptation to yawn.