IX | Something We Play

IX | Something We Play ❦ I know what you didwith the plastic knife.   I’m sitting in the study room,hiding behind a large paperback. Tammie’s perched on the armrest, the foul odouras unsettling as always. Why is she alwaysfollowing me around? ‘Are you a patient or a spy?’I demand. An apologetic smile.   A … Read more

VIII | Some Protection

VIII | Some Protection ❦ After my conversation with Gavin,I retreat to the greenhouse alone to think about my situation. Obviously,the nursesfollow me like shadows. Annoyance tingles all the way downto my toes. Even Tammietags along with the smell of her vomit. I tell her to get lost for a bitbut she doesn’t seem to … Read more

VII | Something To Ask

VII | Something To Ask ❦ My eyes open and suddenlythe smell of vomit intensifies. ‘What have you been doing all night?’I ask her, pinching my noseand sitting up. Sunlightstreams in through the curtainless window with a familiar intensity. It’s Singapore after all. The nursesare sitting where I last saw them. The plain one smiles. … Read more

VI | Some Night

VI | Some Night ❦ After medicine time, I still hear Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonatarepeating in my mind. The patientshave scattered now, some have gone to eat,others to bathe, two continue to sit in their armchairs staring into space.   With the two nurses trailing behind me,I wander into other rooms that I didn’t get to … Read more

V | Some Pills

V | Some Pills ❦ There’s no fixed dinner time,   Tammie tells meas we headdownstairs. Through the empty sitting area, I noticethat the ceiling here is much lower than the latticed glass panelsthat almost touch the clouds. The nursessmile from behind me and I decideto tell her about it later. The song‘Moonlight Sonata’ seeps … Read more

IV | Some Warning

IV | Some Warning ❦ Tammie smiles politelyand hides her hands behind her back,flashing her uneven teeth.   Do I know you?   I shake my head.‘I don’t think we’ve met before.’ Tammie ignores the nurseswhen she approaches me. The strong odourof bile and vomitmakes me choke. I cover my mouth instinctively. She takes a … Read more

III | Some People

III | Some People ❦ I turn to the womanwho brought me here to give hera piece of my mind but she’s not there anymore. The pretty nurse with long hairleans close to me.I can smell her perfume. I raise one hand. She catches it.Her grip is cold. I gather spit in my mouthto spit … Read more

II | Some Doors

II | Some Doors ❦ My eyestake forever to adjust to the darknessagain.   I’m in an empty foyer. There’s nothing here,I think, and then we’re halfway across the room, facing the dooron the other side. The womantaps a card again, another concealed card reader, and the double doors slide open.   It’s the size … Read more

I | Somewhere

I | Somewhere ❦ What’s your name? ‘Where am I?’ Your name, please. ‘There’re too many lights.’   The nursegives me a funny look. Her scrunchednose makes her looklooks constipated. Tell me your name. ‘You’re angry with me.’ Her eyesmeet mine boldly. They’re like chocolate balls. ‘Why are you‘angry with me?’ Do you not rememberyour … Read more

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