It was a sleep-through Saturday when a very pleasant, multi-dimentional dream got spoilt by a truck horn.
In the dream, a jeweller shouted „all items free today!”
As reality quickly hosted the small space in Lydia’s living room, she didn’t even bother brushing her hair to fly to the grocer’s for Energy Drink supplies.
The door squeaked rudely when she got back and there was mail on the floor. It looked like a greeting card.
She laughed to herself for the first time in a week.
Who would want to greet a bankrupt, overweight, cheap energy drink addict who had to dump the mail into the reclying bin just as the Doctor ordered her to ?!
The card was an ounce heavy and she forgot the shopping bag on her doorstep (recession times turn neighbours into either theives or best mates).
Lydia W. mechanically groomed for the card ritual and cleared a few empty cans dotted around. She still had a smile on her face.
”This is a joke I predict”.
As she opened it, image and sound memories surfaced from a hectic airport: a golden Ring had fallen out of the envelope.
Three years back, she had missed a very crucial business flight because of that braty ring.
That jewel was the beginning of the life events that made her believe someone had given her the „Evil Eye” -but she never thought she knew who it was.
It was during a summer heatwave. She was queuing for the Lost & Found Desk and determined to return the ring she had stepped over while using the escalators. Not in time to catch her plane.
When she got back to the office her job and bits and bobs of her perfect life started crumbling apart.
As she held the card, her heart was beating slightly faster because she felt like ripping it.
Luuuuuckily, she read it.
„Dearest Mrs W, thank you for returning my ring to the desk in summer 2016. It is a very precious charm. When I got it back, I was very happy, especially because I could pawn-broke it to pay for my Nursing Diploma.
”I have been working for some time in the addiction field and Dr Shanti and I are getting married.
„We have lots of future plans and are coming to the island to open an addiction clinic for women.
„I have had the chance to google you- please forgive me for this- and Dr Shanti had the idea of employing you to do all the Marketing…. which is the least we could do.
„We are ever so grateful you changed our lives and we pray for you.
„Please consider our proposal with the ring on your beautiful left hand.
„We look forward to getting a positive answer.
Anne and Dr Shanti.„
A tear tickled Lydia’s hand as she squeezed the ring tightly onto her finger.
Mineral water…. expensive mineral water….. a wild craving took hold of her…. but she grabbed a fountain pen and her last sheet of paper to reply to them instead.
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