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The hotel room overlooks the newly built park below. The strength of the sun makes the already white room blinding. White sheets on the white bed frame, white carpet, white drapes, white countertops and walls; in the middle of the room is a couch, on which sits a white man. In his hands is an old videogame controller. He is driving a bus through the desert. The closet door opens and another man steps out. - How do I look? - You look ready. Who knew you had such a nice tuxedo? - No reason to wear it. Thought I might as well dress up today. The second man smiles and moves to the couch. He looks out the window for a moment, and then begins watching the screen. Neither speaks for half an hour. The second man looks at his watch. - You’ve been driving that bus for thirty minutes. - That’s the whole game. It’s called Desert Bus. - You don’t do anything else? - Every eight hours you reach either Tuscon or Vegas. Then you turn back around. There’s really no point playing. - Why are you? They both pause for a moment. The first man gets up and turns off the game.

He adjusts his tie

and lies down on the bed. The digital clock on the nightstand is white. It reads 3:31. He turns on his iPod. An opera begins. I’m not feeling well. Are you sure… Do you realize you’re never feeling well? The second man stands. He moves to the bar and pours himself a drink. He sits on the edge of the bed and opens the nightstand drawer. The first man rolls onto his side, facing the second. It’s not so bad as that. What I wanted to say… You always say you want to say something, but you never do. Who is this? Wagner. Lohengrin. It sounds like procession music. The two are still. Music fills the room. Are you sure about all this? The second man looks at the clock. Time passes. He turns off the iPod and looks down at the first man. He smiles. The room is growing hot. The sound of children playing outside echoes through the walls, and the sky is an unusually deep blue.

Profile for Burner Magazine

Burner Magazine, issue 01 (September 2010)  

The inaugural issue of Burner Magazine, which aims to take the boring out of the literary and arts scenes.

Burner Magazine, issue 01 (September 2010)  

The inaugural issue of Burner Magazine, which aims to take the boring out of the literary and arts scenes.

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