I used a Patti Smith song for the first part of the AW 2011 parade, it wasn't this one but I think this is better to read by. I know the weekend has come & gone, which is when I said I'd post the rest of this story but.....these things happen. Here's the next installment.
RESTING PLACE continued. :
Shirley approached a snotty old woman who told her that this was just how it was & always had been. But Shirley rented the room now & she wanted her privacy. As they had not been told differently, they intended to keep making their exits through Shirley's room. He had told her the rent was $50 a night. Housing was scarce. She knew that. This was ridiculous.
After inspecting the contents of her wallet, she was verging on hysteria. Shirley had run out of options. She found him in his cabin & he took her to meet the landlady. Another old person. Shirley didn't like her chances. She found her to be different from the others however. Mentally & physically busy. Constantly moving. When she did stop you could still see the movement of blood pumping. Veins pulsing under skin translucent. Secrets worth keeping inside that skull. Shirley told her of the situation with the room. The landlady's face filled with suspicion.. Shirley could see it rising from her throat until it came out of her ears like steam, She mumbled 'two or five, two.....'as she took off at speed. Two being the least expensive. Shirley found out why.
The landlady led them to the back garden. Half way along the path stood a small Tudor style building. Originally the laundry for the main house & living quarters for the staff, A happy, loving couple had lived there since being married forty-seven years earlier. Council wanted it demolished & the cafe next door wanted to extend their car parking. After a long battle, they are never short, the building, along with the rest, was heritage listed. Assured of life continuing. The woman had stopped talking. Shirley could see her mind still moving. She was going to offer it to Shirley. Then said the old couple had recently died & it was already taken. Why was she lying.....
To be continued. Please come back now. XX