Put up that that that thing, what is it you’re reading?

Just some trash, Auntie. Morning. Want some tea?

Where’s Eddy? He needs some money.

He passed on some time ago. In Vancouver. Mum told you.

Mum? Gerry? Geraldine? Oh, no no, Dar. Yes yes, Darlene.

Yes, Dar. My mum. Auntie, what are you doing in Whitehorse?

Oh, I don’t know. I like it here. My husband is from here, eh.

Yes, your first husband. Wish I could have met him.

Dar is my baby sister. Eddy is my baby brother. He’s milling in Vancouver. He needs money.

Yes, I remember you and mum, Dar, talking about him. Wish I could have met him.

Dad and I, we were on Snow Lake, and we paddled this old canoe they keep out there. And and and Eddy wanted to swim across, eh. He’s just about there and I hit him in the head with the canoe paddle. An accident but I laughed. He was so mad he dumped me and Dad. Oh, we all laughed and laughed. Dar was just a little thing. She was with mum. I always say “How long you gonna be dead?”. That’s what I say.

Yeah, I love that story. Wish I could have seen that.

Would you get me some tea, luv?

 

 

 


 

Jason Stelzner

Author’s Note

Eddy jumped off the Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver, BC many years ago. He was 22 years old. His favourite song was Bridge Over Troubled Water, by Simon and Garfunkel. Eddy’s father died in a milling accident later that same month, survived by his children, Thelma and Dar.

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