Uvi & Asbe, the story continues… (a bit of back story from my work in progress)
Father has taken the long way around, the correct way, the way that Grandfather and Grandmother Ward would take, Mommy takes them through the shortcut. Even so, in the squeaky, pinchy shoes, the walk feels forever. Each step makes Asbe want to wrench the shoes from her feet and throw them as far as she can.
“Don’t snag your clothes,” Mommy says as they sneak through the hole in the shrubs.
As Asbe follows Uvi through the secret passage, she keeps a close watch for the cat. One of Asbe’s favorite stories is how, on one of Mommy’s walks, while she was pregnant with Asbe and Uvi, she followed a cat hoping it would share its wisdom, and it did. The cat showed her the secret way into the cemetery.
The cat told her that the dead are always with us. To be wary, but not afraid.
Asbe likes coming here. Mommy lets her and Uvi run around, lets them play hide and seek or tag. Once Mommy even brought a picnic. She found a grassy spot with a view of the sound, and they spent the afternoon snacking and playing and telling stories.
And she always leaves a bit of food for the cat.
Of course, Father doesn’t know about those times. He wouldn’t approve.