3100 words Fantasy
"Listen to the Deaf Man Sing" tells of a man whose unconscious words play like music in listeners' minds, bringing many to ecstasy and a few to suicide.
One hundred thirty faces canted upward, staring at Stephen. Such smugness, he thought, such presumed entitlement while waiting for this odd little man to speak. An old woman topped with an obvious wig sat in the front row and stared raptly up at him. How much she looks like my mother, who never really listened to me. “There's no point in taping this, my recorded voice won't convey what you'll hear. I speak without a microphone to small groups because electronic amplification strips out the psychic flesh and leaves a shell of words.