The composer was confounded by baked apple pies left outside his door. In his place composing music, his mind and compositions growing more paranoid over time. Concertos and string quartets that no one would hear; he kept them secret, not making public appearances, concerts of these late stage works performed only in his mind. Days with ears to the wall, quick peeks through the shades and the door peephole to see a still life hallway; nights he’d sneak out to jazz clubs, lose himself in formlessness, drinking whiskey as he blended in with the room, leaning against a cold brick wall. Then the pies appeared. The first one he saw when he opened the door, looked down at the doormat. There it was. A pie. Apple filling showing through a lattice-topped fence. He picked it up—the bottom still hot, the smell intoxicating. It sat in his kitchen untouched; he stared at it each time he went for coffee. The next several days later. His resistance broke; he ate a slice. It freed him, paranoia fading the more he consumed, the forms of composition losing hardness, his works growing fluid, boundless. The saxophone of night entered his mind, the day something he no longer feared as he waited for his benefactor’s return.