Prompt: Your whole life you have heard a strange melody playing in your head. You’ve never heard it anywhere else, and eventually you simply learn to live with it. One day, you walk past a man whistling that tune.
Start: 11: 27 PM
While walking down the street, the melody still played in my head. By now, it was nice background music as I went about my every day life.
Da dum da da di da…
Playing Pokemon on a Gameboy with other kids in the projects, I always thought it was cool that the main character basically had his own song. But when I am alone with my thoughts and I tune out my surroundings, my ambiance music plays gently in my head as I walk.
The sky is the slightest bit orange as the day is dying just slightly. There is almost no one, spare the few construction workers finishing up the day’s work. I walk past the mess of concrete and dusty machines as I hummed. Da dum da da di da…
After I walked past the site, I suddenly realized something.
“Woah, did the sound of my singing get hollower all of a sudden?”
While I was thinking, a worker came behind me and told me to get moving since it wasn’t safe to loiter. I bowed my head slightly and left. I turned around for a moment, to see the worker take a swig from a water bottle, grab his stuff, and start finishing up for the day. He hummed as he walked off.
“What a jolly fellow.” I am always impressed by people who have to do hard work but look so happy the whole time they’re doing it. I start humming again. Da dum da da di da…
Didn’t that guy just hum this…
I start running back towards the worker. He was walking in the opposite direction as me, so when I finally caught up to him and tapped him on the shoulder, I was sweating and panting.
“What’s the matter? You need some help, boy?”
I catch my breath and say in still slightly fragmented speech: “That song you were humming. Hum again. Hum please?”
He looked bewildered. Da dum da da di da… he hummed it again and looked like he was trying to humor me.
He looked positively astounded. “What are you talking about?”
“You must be my father. You must be! Who else would know this melody?”
The worker looked at me and shook his head. “You’re crazy, kid. People hum the same stuff every day, it’s normal. Have you heard that one really catchy song on the radio?”
“That is MY SONG. That has played in my head for seventeen years.”
The worker seemed to suddenly lose all the color in his face.
He started singing, with the same melody he hummed before: “You are my precious son…”
“You are my darling, hun…” The words seemed to suddenly come to me.
“Each day I’ll stay with you…” He teared up as he walked towards me.
“We’ll live lives full of fun.” I backed away, in disbelief.
His arms wrapped around me. I couldn’t pull away.
“I am so sorry I left. I am so sorry.”
Suddenly, I felt angry. Mom and I had to break our backs to get by. She finally finished her master’s degree while waiting tables, but until then we lived in the worst part of downs, dealt with the worst people, saw the worst things. I grew up thinking my father was already long gone.
He’s still in this town, doing construction while singing my song?
I started to cry. He definitely felt the tears in his shoulder, because he pulled away and held my face with his slightly dirty hands. “It wasn’t you. I missed you every day. You were my world.”
“Then why would you leave me?!” I wanted to scream, but it came out in a weak, timid voice.
“I had a dream of finding myself. Of becoming famous and loved by everyone. I wanted to be a singer and do gigs all over. You are my world, but a dream can become your world.”
He looked very serious now, and his eyes glistened.
“That song you hummed, your mom yelled at me for singing to you because it was ‘so bad’. I was so done, I walked straight out the door. Your mom always said she wanted me out of the house so that you wouldn’t grow up remembering my stupid songs, and yet…”
I was too tired to listen to more. I just hugged him and hummed our song. Da dum da da di da…
“You were in my life all along, Dad. I’m sorry it came to this. Can you be my father?”
End: 12:08 AM (next day)
Elapsed Time: 41 minutes
Piece of crap. Posting anyways, as a record.