A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 039, Thursday
February 8th, 2018
Chapter Four: Family
Kathy would not have believed it possible, but Jim was more mysterious in death, than he was in life. She dug into his background only to find nothing, absolutely nothing.
There was no record of a family, and no record of work, he had a social security number, and a passport, and no record of anything else, not at first blush.
There was no record of him ever having attended a school. No driving record, only one bank account, it was in Switzerland, he was worth millions, at the very least. The actual sum was unknown.
He had no legal representation. He had no heirs.
Kathy was fascinated by the developments, and full of sadness. She was fine with the things she was discovering, and her involvement in his final affairs, except that suddenly she was responsible for his body, she had no idea what he might want her to do with it. They had never had any conversations about death, or burial customs.
Kathy knew that Jim was not religious, at least not observant, he tended to believe that all religions were merely variations on a theme, and that every religious institution was at its heart corrupt, self-serving and short sighted, even those groups who did charitable work.
He was a cynic.
She opted to have him cremated. She thought she would make a tree out of him and plant him somewhere nice.
That is what Kathy wanted for herself, “why not do the same for Jim?”.
He liked trees, that much she knew.
And so it was decided, she made the arrangements, and waited for the return call meanwhile she busied herself with some court appointments, and was able to get herself named as guardian of his estate.
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