Doors To Mirrors (Excerpt 2) Eccentric
Early autumn is impending and the air here in the mountains is crisp and cool even in the bright cloudless afternoon. The little dwelling is very unassuming especially when compared to its true owner, who is now deceased. Nadja’s aunt was an incredibly wealthy woman but never lived as such. Her clothing was always in need of mending and her newest pair of shoes had to be at least fifteen years old or more.
Of all twenty-three years of Nadja’s life, eighteen of those summers were spent in this very house with her fascinating eccentric aunt. In fact, she helped her plant most of the original flowers lining the path that she is currently walking on. Each year, the plants drop seeds and continue the tradition of rebirth for a new season of colorful sweetly scented blooms.
Approaching the cottage, there is a sadness that sets into Nadja’s memory. She knows when she opens the door the little home will be just as it always has been and will smell like the homemade soaps her aunt was so talented at creating. However, her beautiful family member will not be standing on the other side of the door, wearing a broad smile and arms extended for a hug. Nadja takes in a deep breath to slow her pounding heart as she inserts the heavy silver key into the keyhole. With a gentle twist of the wrist, the lock quietly opens and the door swings slightly allowing for a peek inside.
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