Day 9 #SOL17
Softly climbing so as not to tread on the creak within the step. Stepping lightly to not awaken the clanging from the baseboard heaters. That creepy sound always scares Veronica when she ventures up to the third floor. This is where Maurin and Mark have their bedrooms which contain so much to explore. Maurin’s room had the books and Mark’s room had the music, but today it is the books that are calling to Veronica, specifically one book.
Maurin owned one of Veronica’s favorite books, a collection of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Tigger is one of her favorite characters and the love that Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh have for one another provides the warmth of a blanket on such a cold winter day. Veronica finds her book on the shelf and carefully removes it without disturbing the other books too much. She doesn’t want to leave any trace of her presence. She doesn’t want to upset her mother.
Once Veronica hugs her book, she carefully sits on the window seat carved out by the dormer window. Finding comfort without touching any of the keepsakes, Veronica turns the pages to find pictures and words that she knows. She reads aloud the stories that are etched in her memory from the cartoons she saw on T.V.; stories she recalls her sister reading to her. Veronica hugs the book again thinking of Maurin who is no longer there.