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Part 10 – Easter evening

At half past six I knocked on their door. Jo opened it. She was wearing an apron decorated with little chickens hatching from eggs.

“Hello, Nikki,” she said smiling so broadly I could see almost all of her perfect teeth. “It’s nice of you to join us. I was afraid we wouldn’t have any guests this Easter, and that would just make it like any other day, wouldn’t it!”

“I brought you some chocolate,” I said as I stepped inside, and handed her a round, yellow box with a golden ribbon around it. She took it surprised.

“You didn’t have to do that,” she said as she took a look inside. “Oh, those are very nice. They look like they’re expensive!” Continue reading »

Part 9 – Easter Morning - 2 comments

On Easter day I went to visit my mother. There weren’t usually a lot of visitors at St. Bernard’s, a little more perhaps on the holidays, but still not so many. If there had been, I probably wouldn’t have noticed David, lying on two chairs in the visitors room, looking asleep.

“David?” I said quietly. If he was asleep I didn’t want to wake him up. He opened his eyes immediately and looked up. He blinked his eyes a few times, confused, but then he sat slowly up.

“What are you doing here?” he asked in a rough voice and rubbed his eyes.

“I’m visiting my mother,” I said, rather surprised of the question. “What are you doing here?”

He looked at me for a few moments.

“Visiting,” he said, and kept looking at me. I looked back. He wasn’t going to tell me why he was there, and he was seeing if I would ask him any further. I smiled. Continue reading »