The last tune by Jorge Aldegunde

Gobblers & Masticadores

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Shiny as new: he would only wear his shoes in that distinctive fashion. Many a time did he add that it was a token of honesty and integrity. At first, I thought he was cold, despotic and cruel. On a winter evening, after class, he lingered on and taught me to modulate my voice. I had to pitch those notes a thousand times. ‘Feel the music as if there was no tomorrow’, he exclaimed. Then I realised he was a unique, luminous being.

He did not attend the dress rehearsal and I felt somewhat betrayed. Soon I found out why, though: he was terminally ill with cancer and had kept it under cover.

As the choir interprets «Agur Jaunak» I stare at my sparkly moccasins, clench my teeth –my eyes now full of water–. And I just sing.


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Fotografía: Ovidio Aldegunde Nos han mandado en la escuela dibujar a nuestra familia. He pensado en acudir a mis padres para que me ayuden con las instrucciones del ejercicio, pero últimamente están tristes y preocupados; hablan siempre de Política. Dicen que las cosas se están yendo de las manos, que no saben dónde vamos a … Sigue leyendo Deberes

Escape rooms by Jorge Aldegunde

Gobblers & Masticadores

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In my desperate runaway I saw two opposing doors at the end of a narrow corridor. I rushed towards them whilst heeding countless CCTV cameras around me. Only one would lead to the exit; how would I make out the right one, though? Tried hard to think but could not focus. I made up my mind to use my intuition. Both accesses featured robust metallic door frames, albeit the one on my right-hand side had a grid at the bottom. I got down and looked through it. I could see faint light gleaming far off. But was it real or just delusion?

I made a last attempt at visualizing the map of the premises, but my mind was overwhelmed by an old memory of mine, where I would show riding an old bicycle amid pouring rain. I closed my eyes and tried the blind gate.


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