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Young Writers Project:

Ani Menkov, a eighth grade student at Frances C. Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH, writes about a surprising discovery she made about her older brother. This piece was published in Young Writers Project’s most recent anthology.";

Music in the Attic

By Ani Menkov

It woke me in the middle of the night.

Could’ve sworn that I heard – what was that?

Faint, sweet music.

But from where?

The attic.

So I rubbed my sleepy eyes,

and, warding off thoughts of monsters

with huge dinner plate eyes and long legs and altogether too many teeth all waiting ...

No. Stop.

I walked up the stairs of the attic, music getting ever closer.

I peered around the corner,

and there was my tough, older brother –

with a viola.

I was tempted to stay and listen to the slow, sad tune.

But I realized that perhaps it was better never to ever have seen this –

at all.

So I left.

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