Origin Story - Piece 1
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Raine Fraser
October 2019
Writing
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Written by
Raine Fraser
October 2019
Writing

A worn copy of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats is housed in a shadow box beside my writing desk. The binding hangs by a literal thread. Pages are loose and the linen cover - with its ridiculous drawing of uncatlike Jellicle cats dancing - is filthy. The end papers, and some of TS Eliot's poems, bear ink scribbles. I did that.

The intention was never to deface the book. God, no. I loved it to distraction. The marks are a three year old's efforts at divination. After Mom read it to me and put it back on the shelf, when she wasn't looking and while the music of her voice still hung in the air, I pulled it down. Hidden in the small space between the end of the sofa and the bookcase, I poured over the book and tried to make sense of the runes. If only I could figure out how those black marks made their magic, I too could weave spells.

 

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