Winter 1988 • Vol. X No. 1 Fiction |

Man at Low Volume

It isn't necessary to trust your friends. Conversely, it is equally unnecessary to be friendly with—or in this case, to even know—the people you trust. So Thierry calmly went up the steps of Symphony Hall. The night was pumped up with city lights, punctured by urban noises, and moved with the rhythm of the crowd stalking a complicated string of sounds. Concertgoers surrounded him. Somewhere in this live river streaming through the narrow heavy doors, moving with inexorable grace and precision to ushers tearing tickets—somewhere in this was the man Thierry trusted. His ticket for the evening had arrived in the morning mail. His girlfriend would ordinarily have gone to the lobby, flipped through the envelopes for hers, shaken his for clues, held all of them up to the light in the elevator on the way back, and stood next to him asking, "Did you get tickets?" because he was always waiting for tickets to arrive. Music came from his mailbox. The shadows formed by the lobby ferns

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