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( For the visually challenged reader, the image shows an outdoor scene. An old fashioned radio is placed next to a couple of candles and a wicker basket. Behind the radio is a pot full of blooming red flowers)
It was the candles that were the clue. The radio, baskets and flowers were always the same, but the candles were different.
They’d been used, and that wouldn’t do. No, that wouldn’t do at all.
Everything had to be just so…………. exact in fact……….. to a photograph in her possession.
It was the only thing to give her comfort and the only reassurance she would accept.
She came in before things could be rectified, and took her place in the chair alongside the table. She touched the photo that was always in her bosom pocket, close to her heart, then as was her normal routine, turned the radio on. Music from yesteryear was discretely placed on a loop so it never differed from what she remembered.
The staff breathed a sigh of relief that she hadn’t noticed any change, then were stunned when she removed a small matchbox from her pocket and lit the two larger candles.
Blowing out the match, she smiled through the wispy smoke.
‘He can find me now,’ she said softly.
And with that, she sat down, closed her eyes and peacefully passed away.