Can anyone really choose to be forgotten?
An elderly gentleman checks into a B&B in a small village in rural Ireland where he knows nobody. Four days later, his body is found in the lake. The identity of their unknown guest raises questions for one family in particular, twin sisters Liv and Marianne, and their mother, Ethel, each of whom is searching for her own place ine the world.
Part of chapter 1
It was too early for breakfast. Perhaps he didn’t mind. Afterfour days, who would miss another portion of poached eggs on soggy toast? Or perhaps something about the four triangles of toast held apart from one another in their silver rack saddened him. Reminded him of other places. Other times.
He didn’t go directly to the lake. It was enough, at first, to know that it was waiting. Water had all the time in the world.
He might have hoped to meet someone but instead found himself outside alone, his face held up to the feeble morning sun as if for inspection. The wind held spring inside itself. A person could nearly hear nature stretch and wake.
The bag would have been the first thing to go, dropped into the black maw of the bin on the edge of the village, the
plastic strings uncuffed from his red-ringed wrists. A feeling of freedom then, or something close to it.
He would have walked the length of the village to the hill where the statue stood. Her eyes the same blue as her cloak,
cast resolutely upwards, seeing nothing but sky. No flicker of recognition in his direction. How long does a miracle take?
Another turn took him along the lake path, his pockets empty but for his hands. Clutched inside his fingers, the tags
he cut earlier from his shirt and jumper, rubbing their edges together, feeling them slide and crack. As a child he likely
had a comfort blanket. Long gone from him now but still somewhere. Little that is man-made can ever truly disappear.
Except maybe man himself.
Thank you, Gráinne Murphy and Legend Press
About the author
Gráinne grew up in rural west Cork, Ireland. At university she studied Applied Psychology and forensic research. In 2011 she moved with her family to Brussels for 5 years. She has now returned to West Cork, working as a self-employed language editor specialising in human rights and environmental issues.
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