She made her mark in the music world by sounding like Chet Baker. Her fans loved it--or did they love Chet Baker? She held a trumpet, sometimes. She didn't play. When she tried to put the instrument down, the audience looked annoyed. They crossed their arms. It was hard to clap when hands were tucked in like that. She could not stop sounding like Chet Baker. It was how she sang. She asked, was she herself, or was she someone else? Even as she posed the question, the voice she heard was not her own.
Mindy Hung's novel Trip is forthcoming from Outpost19 (http://outpost19.com/).