Calliope

It’s always been Louis and his horn: when they shut off the electricity, when the cable got cut, when they kicked him out of the projects and he had to sleep in one of the tombs in the cemetery adjacent. The instrument is his lifeline; his heartbeat a metronome that sets the rhythm to every sad jazz tune he’s ever memorized; his one companion when his luck runs out and he’s thrown from a bar, unable to pay his tab, his horn sailing after him and crashing into the street. That’s when Louis meets the man for the first time: a gentleman who picks him up and brushes him off, and offers him the only thing he’s ever wanted… for a price.

Calliope by Kira Butler

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