The Gargoyle and Aunt Josie
By Gemma Steen
Copyright 2012 Gemma Steen
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1. Miss Monster
This dark January afternoon, like any other, Aunt Josie goes out to feed her pigeons. As always, she puts the pots of seeds down and notes the birds’ general state of health as they scramble over each other to get at the food. Cleopatra looks a little peaky, she thinks.
The dank, overgrown garden is scarcely inviting her to stay longer, but she does. Instead of going straight back inside, Aunt Josie leaves her feathered friends and ventures towards a huge bent willow which has grown to cover almost half the garden. She’s feeling more than a touch of arthritis in her legs and is grateful to use its branches as a handrail.