‘THE ACCIDENT‘ by DAWN GOODWIN
‘It’s me, Veronica. Open the door.’
The letter box rattled. I stood at the top of the stairs and pushed the curtain of lank hair out of my eyes.
‘It’s a beautiful day – open the curtains and see for yourself.’ Felicity’s voice was shrill.
I lowered myself onto the top stair and wrapped my arms around my legs. If I sit quietly, she will go away. She always does eventually.
The letter box rattled again, already with less force.
‘Has Tom gone to the hospital? Come on, open up.’ She paused. ‘We could go out? Do something together? I’m going into town with Zara tomorrow to get Tabitha’s new school uniform for next week. Come with us. A change of scenery will do you good.’
She really didn’t have a clue sometimes. Begrudgingly, she had a point though; I should get that organised too. The summer was over; I hadn’t even noticed.
I lowered my chin to my knees and breathed in the familiar smell of worn flannelette. When last did I wash these pyjamas? When last did I take them off? My mind tried to grasp onto yesterday, last weekend, last week.
‘Okay, fine. I have to go. The cleaner is coming. But this isn’t healthy, Veronica. It’s time to start picking yourself up.’
The letterbox rattled one more time for punctuation, then lay silent.
I buried my face in my thighs and sat a moment longer before slowly making my way back to bed.
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