Peter Grange walked past the fake marble pillars that flanked the sides of the large wrought iron gate. He took a moment to appreciate the ornate flourishes of the metal flowers. If you couldn’t bring flowers, these would never wilt.
Peter turned to walk to the street and back home, brushing off some dirt from his jeans. As he looked up towards the road he saw a figure leaning against a street lamp, standing just between the two cones of light from the lamps bulbs. A faint cloud of cigarette smoke wafted away from the figure and into the leftward patch of light.
The figure spoke up, “You don’t see many people here this late.”
Peter smiled. “Guess I could say the same.” He stopped halfway between the gate and the street lamp.
“So what are you doing here then? Paying your respects?”
Peter wanted to laugh but instead came out with, “Not exactly. More like, I was just doing some cleaning up.”
The figure shifted its weight, still resting entirely within the shadows. “Oh? You make a lot of messes.” The figure vaguely gestured towards the dirt stains on Peter’s workman jeans.(more…)