Eggplant

It’s All Tone

Mario Micallef ’22
Eggplant Editor

[Aboard the T, Bill and Bikus sit next to each other enroute to Grafton]

Train Voice Announcement (stern and annoyed): Get off only at a door accompanied by an MBTA staff member!

Bill: Why does he say it like that?

Bikus: People are stupid and would get off on the tracks if there was no annoucement.

Bill: No, I’m not saying why does he say it at all, I’m asking why he says it the way he does.

Bikus: I think he is saying it the way anyone would.

Bill: Oh sure, take his side.

Bikus: What do you mean? I’m telling you how I hear it.

Bill: The dude clearly says it the way a mom scolds all of her heavily ADHD afflicted children after they have sneezed glitter into her dying mother’s eyes. 

Train Voice Announcement (stern and annoyed): Get off only at a door accompanied by an MBTA staff member!

Bill (mimicking the voice recording): Listen to the last two words “staff member”. How do you not feel the absolute loathe from this man’s tone?

Bikus: You have a lot of baggage that you are unloading onto this voice announcement. What did it ever do to you?

Bill: I’m headed back home, back to Grafton. I hate my life. 

Bikus: If you have a problem with the announcement why don’t you write an email to the MBTA? 

Bill: My dad is the voice. I won’t break the silence of ten years on the slightest chance to talk to him. The hell with Grafton, I’m going to do something with my life; I’m getting out now at Westboro. I don’t need you, I don’t need my father, I don’t need anyone!

[Bill gets up and heads to an exit]

Train Voice Announcement (stern and annoyed): Get off only at a door accompanied by an MBTA staff member!

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