Writers Abroad Magazine 6 May 2017 - Page 37

WRITERS ABROAD MAGAZINE: THE THIRD SPACE GATHERING STONES BY BIEKE STENGOS That weekend, my father instructs us to gather flat stones that have washed up on the beach. He wants them for the path he’s putting in the garden, back home. My brother and I marvel that home is a place where things happen, even with us gone. You’ll never use these stones, my aunt says. We coax her because we can’t abide to see her contradict our father. Still she refuses to bend down to pick up even one stone. Then she slips on algae. We laugh with the adults and watch her walk away, feet slapping on wet sand. Her bum, a wiggle of stains. 36 | MAY 2017