A screeching from upstairs. Listen closely- it’s rather tuneful. At least, it tries to be.

The violin is cheap, a shiny, factory-made thing. The musician is trying hard to make things sound nicer. The truth is, she’s had years of experience with the piano, so the violin shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Wrong. Everything sounds wrong now; the violin sounds like it has a sore throat. A bad one. The puny Grade 2 exam is coming soon. That should be easy, but it isn’t. Everything keeps going wrong- her left hand is so out of tune and her bow is scratchy and bouncy.

The exam nears and the scratchy sound fills the house for a while.

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