Auntie Dawn

My mother found it difficult to cope with reality after my father was abducted by aliens. She found it difficult to cope with me too, a growing seven-year-old who used his wild imagination to cope with his version of real life. Dad’s disappearance was tough on both of us, so my aunt came to help.

Auntie was never a morning person, bur her coffee seemed to help. She wasn’t used to children, having none of her own, only a small yappy dog who she pushed around in a pram. To be clear; the small yappy dog only yapped at other people. It wouldn’t dare answer back to Auntie.

I remember her first visit. Mum left home early to have her first day at her new job, leaving me alone to answer the door when Auntie was expected in just a few minutes. She came on time, as Mum told me she would. I’d seen that grown-ups always offer hot drinks when people arrive, so I pointed her towards the coffee machine on the work top.

She said she didn’t like the fancy stuff, and pulled out a thermos flask with her own coffee. She took a sip from the plastic lid and then added something from a small silver flask. I guess it was cold water because she drunk her coffee a lot more quickly after that.

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Paul Sterlini
Nov 21 2020

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