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I got a call from Ben today. He was mumbling about that stupid symbol he’s always drawing. He said he wanted to show me. I told him I didn’t care and hung up. I messed around with my old Game Boy and the synthesiser again today. I spent a while tweaking my latest 8-bit track. It was afternoon by the time I had something I was sort of happy with. I listened to it again and I think it might have sounded good.
The Betamax was sitting on top of the TV like always, with a stack of tapes next to him. When I played the music for Max he started whispering static at me. I couldn’t hear him. I turned the music off and crawled up close to him. He was whispering… horrible things. He was making threats, saying how pathetic my music was and how I would never amount to anything. He said he would grind me up. I tried to calm him down. I pushed his favourite tape in but he just chewed it up and made a really scary grinding sound, spitting the shredded tape out at me. He was silent for a while and so I got up and moved away.
I put on my big padded headphones and lay on my bed listening to some of my other tracks through my modded NES for a few hours, staring at the glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling. After a while the NES started talking to me – that hadn’t happened before. She screeched static in my ears and I threw my headphones off. I could still hear her though. She said it wasn’t just Max that would get me, she would too. She said she would burn me and choke me. I didn’t want to listen. I put my headphones away before going to sleep. But when I turned my back to Max I heard him spitting static again. I tried to sleep, but all I could do was listen to him. He said that I deserved to die.
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