Wistful Poet Posted August 20, 2009 Share Posted August 20, 2009 Concert for the Dead St. Agnes' Cemetery was desolate and quiet, just the way Ella Perry liked it. There were no old ladies frowning, guys giving her looks that made her look dirty, or the annoying curosity stares of young childern as she paraded by her in turquiose and black hair and gothic attire. Today she wore a corset top that matched her hair, a layered black skirt the breeze played with, and giant black and silver boots which exaggerated her 5'10 height to 6'0. Long streaks of black mascara ran down her face, but her hands were too busy carrying the music stand, the green folder of sheet music and the heavy trumpet case. Sharon's grave lay under the protecting shade of an enormous elm tree. The ground had not settled yet, but it was so chocked with a hill of flowers and cards it resembled the grave of a celebrity instead of a humble nobody. Ella's flower, a lone black rose lay across the granite top & she would be giving her last gift before she departed for college. "Hi Sharon," Ella whispered, letting the tears fall a little harder and the mascara run a little more, " I hope your in heaven, though you don't believe, and I hope God let you in because he saw all of the good things you done on the earth...I came to say goodbye, I got accepted into Illnois State and I made the jazz band....God, I wish you were here..." She had met Sharon as an akward freshman in Mr. Spelling's band class when Sharon had told the controlling Emma Broad to go hell when she was giving Ella a hard time for forgetting how to finger an A on her trumpet. "Its the first valve then the second..." Sharon quietly told her and their friendship blossomed out of a single "thank you, I like the shirt...." Unlike gothic, loud Ella, Sharon was quiet and wore preppy colthes, though she had a love of rock music and loved anything from Led Zepplin to As I Lay Dying, not to mention her saxaphone solos reminded one of the Big Band Days. For the next three years they became inseparable; they preformed as a duo at the winter Jazz concerts that left audiences begging for more and on Thursday Night Live at Cafe Agua. Weekends were spent at heavy metal concerts or at Sharon's house watching hours of Monty Python sketches and movies. Life with Sharon had been like living in a bubble and Ella began to take it for granted Sharon would always be there with her saxaphone and "The Life of Bryan." And then, that happy life of Monty Python and jazz music was over; Sharon was in an accident that claimed her life that past winter and Ella wandered in a daze for two months. She remembered the numbness of not feeling anything, the persisting empitness and would she ever be able to move on while Sharon slept forever under the earth. Ella raised the gleaming trumpet to her lips, not noticing the river of mascara that had now run to her chest and played a jumpy Nat Cole song, to an Ella Fitzgerald ballad to the modern and sad "How to Save a Life" by the Fray, a song they had played many times at Cafe Agua. Before she packed up, she played Sharon's favorite song, a song the pep band always played; Barabara Ann. As she played, she could have sworn she heard a saxphone playing along with her. It was like a sign from Sharon: I'm in a happier place, don't be sad. Ella felt a surge of peace as she left the cemetery, the first since she felt in a long time, and as she made her way through the iron gates, she couldn't help but wonder if she turned, would she see the dead standing out of their graves, applauding her? Quote "If you are faced with a dissappointment or a bad situation ask, will it matter in 10 years? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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