‘Tyler? Tyler?? Tyler!!!’
Huh? Doctor? Is that you?
What are you doing in my room?
I can hear you, but I can’t see you
Is my mind playing tricks on me?
It does when I get a little bit lonely
‘Your mom, she hasn’t even wished you
Just like everyone else, she too has ditched you’
She must be with her friends today
She’s been too tired from working too late
‘She could have informed you
When was the last time she left you?’
‘You’re too much of a burden
It’s difficult to live with a retarded son in a suburban
Its been months since you last went to school
Remember the times everyone thought you were cool?
Now nobody seems to miss you
Nobody calls, intentionally, just to diss you’
Arpita called me last week
She had to cut the call because the connection was too bleak
‘That’s just an excuse
She used to be your muse
Haven’t you heard about her and Rohan?
She has found a replacement
And you’re on your way to where your dad went’
No! Please stop! You’re making me cry!
You were so nice doctor! Was all the positivity just a lie?
‘You’re fat, ugly, you’re balding and lonely
Do you think girls would want to be with someone so phoney?
People still remember your first public breakdown
They still talk about it, like it were a celebrity meltdown
A bright young kid who completely lost it
He’s holed up now, kept inside a closet
They act nice when you’re around
And call you a maniac when you’re gone’
No! Please stop!! My head hurts!
It’s like all the blood cells in my brain have burst!
‘I know what to do if that’s the case
It might hurt a little but it will make the pain go away
You see the cutter there? Put it to your neck and push it through
You will feel all the pain and embarrassment fly out of you’
What if I scream and grandma wakes up upstairs?
She’s got a weak heart, it’ll be worse than my worst nightmares
‘There’s nothing to worry about
If you scream, you will choke and only blood will come out
Are you a pussy? If not, you know what to do
And remember, nobodies ever gonna cry for you’
The front door opens. A woman in her mid thirties enters holding a large box and lots of plastic bags from a shopping mall. It’s raining very hard and almost noon. She enters along with a group of teenagers and a couple of adults. All of them settle down in the living room and start playing Tyler’s favorite music and decorating the place. The woman, Tyler’s mom, walks towards his room which is locked from the inside. She knocks on the door. ‘Honey! I’m back! Sorry I left you alone! You thought mommy forgot about your birthday didn’t you? Awww my baby, I have bought you a big birthday cake and also enrolled you for the piano course!’ She knocks again.’All your friends are here too. All of them. They have been planning a surprise party for you all this time! And oh, your phone! It wasn’t working and the phone calls would end too soon but don’t worry I got it fixed!’ She knocks rapidly. ‘Come out baby! You’re doctor is here as well! He came all the way from his clinic just to meet you!’ The knocking grows. ‘Come out! Come out!! Open the door honey!!’
‘Tyler? Tyler?? Tyler!!!’