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BROWN

BROWN

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Published by Michael V. Waechter
One of six short stories from my collection, "Normal People in a World Gone Crazy," "BROWN" documents the humorous yet disturbing experiences of a mentally ill man trying to watch the movie "Glitter."
One of six short stories from my collection, "Normal People in a World Gone Crazy," "BROWN" documents the humorous yet disturbing experiences of a mentally ill man trying to watch the movie "Glitter."

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Published by: Michael V. Waechter on Oct 10, 2010
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08/21/2013

 
 
BROWN
Michael V. Waechter
Illustration by Christopher Wilbur 
 
 
 
Jonathon sat on his fluffy black couch eating a bag of jelly beans and watching the movie
“Glitter 
,
” t
hinking about how badly it sucked. The movie was very pink, and he was not in a pink mood today. In fact, he was more in a brown mood, and his thoughts drifted off to the closet onthe other side of his living room in which a brown leather spring jacket was currently hanging.Jonathon could see that closet, constructed right next to the front door of his apartmentwith the sunlight filtering in through the giant picture window on the right wall from where hesat highlighting it with a fuzzy glow. He stared at it, more entertained by the brown wooden doorthan the Mariah Carey mess occurring on his television screen. He slowly pulled a jelly beanfrom the bag without looking, pressed it to his lips, and licked it into his mouth with his tongue.It tasted orange, and he was not in an orange mood today.Almost against his will, Jonathon discovered his large body pulling itself from the couchand stomping across the living room to the closet where his right hand gripped the brass handle,gave it a turn, and pulled the door open. His arms reached in and returned a moment later withthe brown leather jacket dangling from his fingertips. He pulled the jacket over his torso, notdaring to attempt buttoning for fear of ruining it. Then he returned to the couch as Mariah Careythrew glitter at him through the television screen to get his attention. She was dancing.Jonathon snuggled into the warmth of his jacket, feeling contently brown. He watched thetelevision screen. Mariah was reaching her hand out to him, her palm outstretched.
 
 
“I want a jelly bean,”
she said.
“I don’t have any more pink ones,” Jonathon responded.
 
Mariah’s hand dropped to the floor and gripped the carpet. She pushed her other arm
through the screen as well and began hoisting herself into the living room.
“Give me jelly beans!” s
he yelled.Jonathon quickly grabbed the television remote from the couch cushion next to where hesat and mashed the power button. Mariah vanished as the screen went dark. Outside the picturewindow a bluebird had been watching him, and he was not in a blue mood today.The bluebird was perched on a thin, dead tree branch that protruded just slightly intoview through the window and pushed against the glass. The bird was up against the windownow, making funny faces at Jonathon as he watched. Then the bird pulled its head back and flungits beak against the glass making a loud clicking noise that echoed throughout the apartment. Thebird pulled its head back and once again pecked at the glass.The pecking increased in intensity, and Jonathon felt his head throb with each click. Hedug his hand deep into his bag of jelly beans, grabbed a giant fist-full, and flung them at thewindow where they hit in a series of clacks before falling to the floor. The bluebird peckedharder.

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I love it. I couldn't stop laughing.
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This is funny and bizarre, although at the same time an unsettling insight into a schizophrenic's thought processes.
Shyam Adrift added this note
boy o boy this is superb..the play of colours over moods..! An intense story, very well told!

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