Evelyn's Halloween

Evelyn moved her weary body around her kitchen in an awkward and uncomfortable way.

It would all be worthy, she thought to herself.

Today was Halloween and she needed to be ready for the children.

Removing the final tray of baking from her oven, and placing it on the stovetop, Evelyn then sat down at the large hand carved wooden table. She began to arrange all the different coloured papers she had cut and sorted the day before.

She then placed a single hand made sugary treat on to each sheet and wrapped each one lovingly. Twisting the ends on some, on others she placed pretty ribbons tying knots and bows as best as her arthritic hands would allow.

Her kitchen now darkening, even more so, as the daylight slipped away, Evelyn lifted her head high to squint at the clock.

“Heavens to Betsy, where does the time go” She exclaimed to one of the 4 cats curled up at her feet. She then lifted the one off her lap and gently placed him on the ground.

“Sorry my lovely, but they’ll be here soon”

Evelyn placed all her hand made goodies into the wicker cane basket. With basket in one hand and cane in the other, she made her way to the hallway table and placed the basket carefully on top.

Next to the basket sat the pumpkin she had also carved and hollowed. Inside of it, burned a candle with a soothing orange glow.

She then went in to the front room and sat in her rocking chair by the window, with an exhausted yet satisfied sigh. She placed her crochet blanket over her knees and gazed across the pathway.

It was a little hard to see the gate through the over grown and conflicting, grass and garden.

Every now and then Evelyn would hear the excited laugher of children fade in and fade out as they scurried past her house.
Colourful heads bobbing up and down made her smile and warmed her heart.

Slowly, with the ticking of the old grandfather clock, the night became shorter, the street became quieter and like every other year, no one ever came.

Evelyn's Halloween

Cathryn Swanson

Darwin, Australia

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