Journey by Stephen Clark  
    to Ridgetown

 
 
The audience boos you even more. Bob shouts out, "Pick up that accordian and keep playing! We're not done humiliating you yet!"
    But you say "No!"
    So Bob says "Very well -- if you refuse to play, then you'll have to suffer the alternative punishment. Seven hours in the side room with Kenny the Crazy Casio guy."
    A group of musicians drag you off the stage and into a side-room where a tiny Casio keyboard is set up. A man named Kenny with a slightly wild look in his eyes starts playing it. The other musicians leave the room and lock the door behind them.
    Kenny is not a good keyboardist -- he's playing "Achey Breaky Heart" but he keeps getting notes wrong. He's also singing the words in a tone-deaf sort of voice. When he finshes the song, he goes back to the beginning and plays it again. And then he plays it again, and again, and again, and so on for six hours. Somehow he never runs out of enthusiasm, and he never quite plays it right.
    This is the worst punishment you can imagine. You're banging on the door, yelling "LET ME OUT! LET ME OUT! I'LL DO ANYTHING YOU SAY, JUST MAKE IT STOP! MAKE HIM STOOOOOOPPPPPPPP!!!!" But no-one answers your cry.
    At the end of the six hours the musicians let you go, but that song "Achey Breaky Heart" is still ringing in your mind -- you can't get rid of it. The song has worn you down and beaten your mind into a pulp. All you can do now is go home and do your best to erase this horrific experience from your memory.
 
 
 
 
 
The End