3 Works in An American in Paris - Gershwin/Lucas
Henri saw it first in the way that Adam’s leg didn’t want to stop shaking so bad; his foot slipping off the pedals of his wooden piano, the way his brows drew in in frustration and distress and, Henri would know later, pain. The American mixed up the notes he wanted to play and at first Henri tried to act like he hasn’t noticed everything going on with Adam, that something was clearly wrong – Adam never played the wrong note, the bones in his body would just resist doing his talent such a disgrace in front of other people, or the world in general – and that it interfered with their work. But then Adam messed up whole sheets of music and Henri could hear that funny sound again, that one Adam’s foot made when it collided with the floor of the bar again because he couldn’t seem to keep it on a pedal.
So, Henri did the only sensible thing and stopped singing, turned around and looked at Adam, who was resting his head on the piano, with a raised eyebrow, in question of what it was that interrupted their work.
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