Everyday, with a timestamp, and a small sentence or a quote that, frankly, meant nothing.
6.23PM – Sat 18th November
May this day beam you well, and the rest shine brighter.
What did that even mean?!
It was mid autumn, so the days were short and grey, flashes of red and brown and vibrant yellow swiftly dragging the winter ever closer. Soon even those colours would vanish, as the world settled in its dismal, bare armed huddle to wait the winter out.
I liked this time of year. I loved my jumpers and my thick red scarf aunty Mel had bought for me from Harrods three years ago. I wore it everywhere, and it still looked as delightfully new and pristine as it did the first day I unwrapped it from its cocoon of crispy tissue paper. I loved the way leaves would pile up in soggy mounds on the wet pavements, and the way damp gravel scraped under my heel. I loved how the tip of my nose and my cheeks glowed with the warmth of my body, as the raging elements whipped around my outer garments. They had no way in, and I loved that.
And everyday, when I left home after giving my mother a toast-and-tea kiss, pulling on my stripy gloves, I would catch a note.
The first note was just lying on the ground. It drew attention to itself because it was so out of the ordinary. It certainly looked ordinary enough, but it had been raining all night, and the note, sitting atop the bush at the end of my front garden, was dry as a bone. It flapped a little, but it was wedged in between the twigs. I pulled it out,
6:10AM – Mon 26th September
I don’t know where pineapples come from, but I would sure love to see the apples my Pines produce.
Huh. I put the note in my pocket. Perhaps it was somebody’s and they dropped it and it got caught in that hedge. I went off and had my day.
The next morning there was another note.
7:23AM – Tue 27th September
Where the wild creatures roam, a sea of orchids will nod.
This time it was folded neatly and slotted in between the wooden slats of my front gate. I slid it into my pocket again.
This one seemed intentional.