A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 025, Thursday
January 25th, 2018
Chapter Four: Unrequited
Jim left a pen behind. He always left something; as if they were little presents just for her.
Kathy stared at the pen, imagining it with all the other things of his she had collected over the years, reassembling them in her mind into an image of him and his personage.
It was as if she were constructing a golem made piece by piece from things he had discarded.
She had always believed that these little items, a pen, a book of matches, a handkerchief, what have you, she had always believed that they told her something about him. As if she could peer into his character through the artifacts, and see the things lying there that she was able to see so clearly in anyone else, but had always remained hidden in Jim.
She thought that each little token might contain a message for her. She was not willing to dispense with this idea, but as she looked at the pen she had another thought, that all of items left by him and gathered by her, that they had no meaning at all, they were just trash. Things Jim had discarded as if they were nothing.
She had the sense that he had now discarded her, had discarded the Earth itself, and was about to throw away his life, dispensing with the world altogether.
Even as Kathy thought these things she knew that she was being morbid. She was getting sucked up into Jim’s despair, she was despairing with him.
Within all of that muck, she also saw that there was purpose and intention in everything Jim was doing. There was something going on aside from the grim fatality that she sensed from him regarding humanity, and the world itself.
Kathy felt as if she had a part to play.
It was a mystery.
The wheels in her head were turning independently, attempting to resolve the riddle.
She sat in silence and allowed her unique gifts to manifest, she contemplated every interaction she had ever had with the most mysterious man she had ever known.
It would take time.
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