‘Come with me, will you! I’m afraid to be there on my own!’ my neighbor T tells me one late evening.
T’s Grandma had died the day before, alone in her little studio flat – somewhere a five minutes walk from where T and I lived.
First floor of the block of flats: T pulls out the key, twists it in the lock and opens the door: a small, square hallway, which leads into the main room.
Dark outside – dark inside: except a distant lamp post casting a frail orangey light uncertainly into the room.
T pushes the light switch.
Central to the small room, a solid table with Grandma resting on it: not in a coffin but directly onto the table: just like that…
I look around and I notice scarves and bits of textile, hanging in some places on the walls.
‘What are these for, T?’ I ask.
‘I covered the mirrors – her soul might see itself in the mirror and get scared’ says T.
My eyes are shifting from the colorful, flowery dress that Grandma is wearing, to the red glass-bead necklace, and on to her perfectly blackened hair, cut jaw-length and with the straightest fringe. Grandma looks like a priestess.
‘You know she was a witch?’ T says. ‘She used to tell people’s future with cards and beans… she also charmed people to fall in love or get separated.’
T lights up a candle and five minutes pass of candle burning silently. T is ready to go.
‘Bye, Grandma! I’ll see you once again tomorrow!’ says T as she switches the light back off.
The orangey light from the street again lazes into the room.
One last look behind in the doorstep: Grandma remains there – absolutely still – and the orangey light seems this time to concentrate all on her immaculate fringe.