Annoying laughter

I open my book just as the laughter starts. Great, violent guffaws crashing like lightening from the room next door.

It quietens down. But every time I start to read it bursts out again, making me lose my place. It’s like having a studio audience jeering at me. Mocking me.

Dr Kurz comes in with a pocket full of pills and asks if I still hear the laughter.

I tell him no. The laughter’s gone.

I hate the laughter, but it’s better than the pills. Better than losing months to a dreamless sleep.

He leaves.

They laugh at that too.

Written by Matt Holland.

Matt is the author of Hair of the Dog, a Gallaetha story available on Amazon. He posts new writing on his website every month. You can follow him on Twitter.

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