Did I want my piano back that much?
He was disgusting, an animal with facial tattoos.
Would I let him touch me?
But it all changed. The touch of sound turned into touch of skin I craved. I could be myself with this man. More myself than I’d ever known.
– James Steerforth (Copyright 2007)
This is very obviously a retelling of part of Jane Campion’s film The Piano (1993), which I watched again a few days ago, having seen it once before, shortly after it was released. The title of this ultrashort prose piece restricted to 50 words is a direct quote from the movie — it is the bargain Ada strikes with Baines.