The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Life Among the Stones – On Her Own Terms (Chapter 15)

Posted on January 24, 2019

A few weeks later, Alberta surprised her children by entering the kitchen in a fashionable dress, with the desire to go to church.  When they informed her that it was Thursday evening and not Sunday morning, she grew confused and disappointed.  She looked at her watch – an old, but elaborate, self-wind timepiece – and couldn’t figure out what had gone wrong. “Did you remember to wind it, Mom?” asked Jennifer, to which her mother closed her eyes in understanding. “But I want to pray,” she affirmed. On a whim, Robin phoned the church and discovered that the choir practiced every Thursday evening, and that the church would remain open until the session had concluded.  “Come on, Mom, I’ll take you.  The last time I was in church…

Life Among the Stones – Alberta’s Wish (Chapter 13)

Posted on January 21, 2019

The older woman faced them directly. “There can often be milestones along the way, occasions when the caregivers, and sometimes the patient, can spot that they are entering a new stage.  Perhaps that’s what Edinburgh was all about.  You say she hasn’t been the same?” Elizabeth Fairborough’s queries were professionally delivered, but behind the words was a shared sense of sadness between the doctor, Robin, and Jennifer.  Alberta was down the hall, undergoing a series of tests. With her in good and capable hands, the three had used the opportunity to have an intimate chat in Fairborough’s office. “No, something’s different. She still gets around the house with no real problems, but she more frequently fades off into another world – sometimes right in front of us.  Her eyes light…

Life Among the Stones – First Kiss (Chapter 12)

Posted on January 20, 2019

The morning began with a light rain that gave way to sparsely clouded skies before the lunch hour. Alberta slept in and, upon rising, commented, “O dear, what did I miss?” She was looking at the wrinkled clothes she had slept in for over 12 hours. She had no idea how it happened. “You were exhausted following that walk, Mom. You didn’t even want dinner, only to sleep. Remember any of it?” Her daughter’s question received only a confused stare in response. She watched as her mother thought hard, working her way back through the hours to that moment Jenny was referring to, but it was gone – likely permanently. “I’m sorry if I caused you any difficulty … or embarrassment, Jen. O my,…

Life Among the Stones – Prognosis (Chapter 4)

Posted on January 6, 2019

Robin had arrived in the morning, having taken the train directly from Paris to London.  Fully briefed by Jenny on what was transpiring with their mother, he cut his trip short by two days and arrived in time to prepare lunch for all three of them.  As the aroma of vegetarian quiche wafted through the house, Jennifer and her mom set the dishes on the small round ceramic tabletop in the alcove overlooking the garden. The air was rife with pleasantries, all attempting to stifle the tension.  Elizabeth Fairborough had called only an hour before to say she was waiting for one final test result that would come in over the noon hour, and that she would be immediately by for a late lunch.  Nothing in her voice…

Life Among the Stones – The Elevator (Chapter 1)

Posted on January 2, 2019

She dashed through the rain and into the lobby of her London office building, shaking the wetness off her as she moved to the elevator.  She got to it just as the gleaming silver doors were closing in on one another.  As she looked into the narrowing opening, she was stunned to see the eyes of someone she hadn’t seen for what seemed like forever: someone who had died years ago. Her mind a jumble, and lost for words, Alberta Alexander shuffled to a nearby bench and tried to breathe.  She looked around and felt abandoned.  She was aware of sweat on her upper lip and could feel the beating of her heart, as if it was a pounding drum ready to break out of her chest.  It’s a…