Jack, Rose, Mike and me.
"What was that?" I ask. I didn't hear the question properly because Jack is too loud.
He is giving me the lecture again which I always find annoying, so I try hard to drown him out.
"Not listening. " I say jamming my fingers in my ears like a petulant child.
Then Rose starts to sing. She has a lovely melodious voice so I hum along with her as it's a song I love : " Fast car" by Tracey Clampton.
"Tracy Chapman !" Mike bellows. He's the older and wiser one but he's so impatient and belligerent. I really don't like him, but I have to admit he sure knows his tunes.
"Oh yes Tracy Chapman. " I concede and continue to hum along to Rose's wonderful singing.
It's only when we reach the end of our duet rendition that I realize the doctor is still staring at me, waiting for a response.
I hadn't heard the question and typically Jack, Rose and Mike are now all suddenly silent, making me sit there in the doctor's office, blank-faced like an idiot.
"Sorry doctor, what did you say again ?"
"I asked if you were hearing voices again today? " The bespectacled doctor probes amicably, taking his glasses off and rubbing them on the fat end of his tie.
"Just the usual. " I reply with an apologetic smile. Suddenly, I hear Jack again giving another lecture on the transference of bacteria from ties to glasses , which he delivers every time I come here for my weekly appointment with Dr Johns.
I've heard it all before. So I stick my fingers in my ears again and continue to sing along with Rose. Happily, she starts singing my all-time favourite, "We belong together " by Mariah Carey.
Mike and Jack join in too and surprisingly , I even spot Dr Johns tapping his foot.