It was an old piano. It was at the corner of the garage. No body went that far. Then Alfred caught a glimpse. He walked towards the old piano and touched the case. A tingling effect, made him startle..but then it could be the dust or something.
Alfred, went to the owner of the garage, who wanted a clean sale out, anything you want for any price, was the slogan. Alfred, stated a much lower price than he would have, and Mr. Tom Jones, was happy to give it away.
Alfred, couldn’t understand why…but he would soon find out. As, the old piano got uploaded on the back of his open van, he came to sit on the driver’s seat. He could smell a woman’s perfume. But, he was sure no body came with him. Then he brushed that idea. He started to hum a tune, but he never heard this before, yet the tune was trapped in his mind. Reaching home, he called his helpers to bring the piano inside the main hall room. They did as told, as they were walking out, the old lamp post fell down and broke.
The men left the hall. Alfred, opened the piano and started to play the tune, he was humming earlier. His fingers played and he was sure, he completed the song. But, he didn’t know what the words were, strange he thought. That night, he went to sleep..and he heard the piano playing..he got up and found himself in the hall room. A girl was playing the piano, as he approached her she disappeared.
This girl, would come visit his house every night. She would play a new tune, but the moment Alfred would try to come closer , she would vanish.
Then one day, there was a television program and it was a black and white clip.The girl playing the piano was the same girl and the tune..it was also the very tune, Alfred now hummed. he quickly made some phone calls to find out about the girl who played the piano. She used to study at a local college. Alfred, went there and in the main hall, Sister Francis came to meet Alfred.
Sister, ” Why do you come here ?”
Alfred,” Sister, I want to know about the piano girl.”
Sister,” Oh! she “
Alfred,” What happened to her?”
Sister,” That was Rose Mary, our college’s pianist. She learned to play piano since an early age. After her mother died, her father took to drinking. He sold most of the things in the house. Piano was Mary’s life. One day, when she was at our college. her father sold the piano.”
Sister,” Rose Mary, she went to the father of Mr Jones begged him for her piano. But he refused such a good piece he didn’t want to part.
Alfred,” But Tom Jones, sold it to me for a very minimum price.”
Sister,” She made him..she played it too much and compelled him to sell it off.”
Alfred,” She plays every night at my house too “
Sister,” Then, she is living with you..My son, she will not leave unless you give that piano away .”
Alfred,” What if I want her to stay.”
As Alfred turned, Rose Mary was standing, her eyes were shining and she was smiling at Alfred. He stood up and followed her, she took his hands and walked towards the cliff. Sister and others ran after them, but her hold on his hand was too strong. taking him, to the cliff edge she jumped and made him take the fall. Alfred was killed.
The piano still lays in the main hall, collecting dust..but every night there is a recital by Rose Mary and someone claps..yes it is Alfred.