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Mirror, Mirror

Story idea: Mary Chesterton's typical Sunday morning at church with her family. Her son Michael, now in his forties, is obssessed with odd numbers, particularly five, which was the number of people in the Chesterton household until it all went wrong. Even numbers upset him, like ten, his father's favourite number of judgement and failure. And two, because it speaks of fundamental divisions: good against evil, God against Satan, the outside world against home, his father against everyone.

Mary relies on her daughters, the more resilient children, to help her bear the burdens in her life. It's not really religion that puts them in the fifth pew of St. Albin's once a week. It's to hold together something that would otherwise fracture, symbolised by the long, diagonal crack in the rear view mirror of Mary's car.

This is, dear reader, the short version. The longer one has filled five pages of notebook. Something new is brewing, and so with relief I forget poetry. Not my style. Stay tuned for further episodes.

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