The Veta is rather peaceful today. Not many customers have visited the Music Shop, so Johannes takes advantage of the downtime. He searches through his belongings and pulls out a new sheet of music that his band Goodbye Virelai have composed. He then takes his violin out of his case and begins to play.
To an average customer, Johannes doesn't need any practice. Sight-reading a new piece of music sounds like he had been playing the piece for months already. But those people don't understand. Perfection is unobtainable because it simply doesn't exist, so Johannes needs to spend plenty of time practicing. In fact, it took him years to get to where he is today, and he can still improve over the next several years to come.
Johannes was just getting to the end of the piece of music. His bow glides over the strings gracefully and he begins to decrescendo to the finish. He lets the final note taper off and then there is silence once again. After playing through the piece in its entirety, he revisits a section that could use some more work. He slows down the tempo so he can really focus on each note. But then a sudden mooo outside distracts him. Immediately annoyed, he sets his violin down and walks to the front of his shop. He opens the door to find a bovyne standing just outside. She moos again and Johannes narrows his eyes in disgust. "Get out of here, you stupid cow." He uses his hands to shoo her away, but she doesn't move. It's as if she doesn't even know she is in treble. "I said, get out!" He stomps his foot down and the startled bovyne walks away. Once out of sight, Johannes is content and gets back to his music.
Over the next several days, that bovyne continued to return. She moos again when Johannes takes a break from his practice. "Oh great, she is Bach again." Johannes starts to walk to the opened door. "Can't she just give it a rest?" But today is different. The bovyne wouldn't budge. Normally Johannes would need to try his best to keep his composure, but then he had a thought. He goes back inside his shop to fetch his violin and walks back outside. He first takes a moment to tune his instrument and then he begins to play one of his favorite pieces. He looks from his violin to the bovyne to see that her eyes are closed and she is smiling. He crescendos which leads into the next section of some trilled notes. The bovyne doesn't make a sound as she listens to Johannes' music, and it isn't until he finishes when she opens her eyes again and moos in delight.
Johannes only has experience working with musicians both young and old. Never has he met an animal that has appreciated music like this bovyne. For the first time, he gently steps forward and gives the bovyne a pet on her nose. "You're not so bad after all, girl."
Before he knew it, he began to accept the bovyne. Johannes named her 'Cinthia' and started to become more lighthearted towards not only people, but their pets that they may bring into the shop as well. He has even gotten himself into the habit of asking her, "Would you like to hear some moooosic?" and spice up the selection by performing on other instruments as well.
Never did he see himself owning a pet like the other Subetans, much less a bovyne. But now, Johannes wouldn't have it any utter way.
"Oh, and why you're here, I--err, Cinthia--would like to remind you to pick up a copy of Goodbye Virelai's latest album: "Bach Street Boys," a classical rendition of the heart-throb boy band that swooned girls in the 90's. Except we made their music better."
Story by Tali
Overlay by Morse
Profile by Ziva
Artwork by CORE
Thank you Sirius for letting me adopt Cinthia!