Liz’s flash fiction piece was included in a collection called 100 Words 100 Books produced by RTE Radio 1’s The Book Show.
I have red hair and one ear. Since my boyhood, they have nicknamed me Van Gogh. They think it is funny.
Because of my missing ear, I only hear it half as much as they say it. I have disappointed everybody by being unable to draw or paint. I tried, when I was younger, but was not successful. They were even more amused.
In spite of my deafness, I sing. They tell me not to. They tell me it is painful to their ears. But I insist on it, regardless. It is my revenge.