Break-up menders

Break-up menders

By
Fanny Zanotti
Contains
7 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742704715
Photographer
Helen Cathcart

When we first met he was wearing a sweater made of the softest bright-red wool and his hair was the colour of charcoal. His eyes too. That night we kissed on stairs made of stones. By a theatre door. Under raindrops that looked like shooting stars by the glow of a lamp post.

And then, one day, he was gone, leaving a hole in the shape of an empty bed in my life. A bed which would become my fortress for the weeks to come. I would wear that sweater he once loved. Too tired to eat, I would doze into dreams I wished would last forever.

Dreams made of days at the beach, and gin and tonic we sipped through the same straw. Crab-hunting and late-night bonfires by the sea; road trips through the mountains where the clouds blanketed everything around us and it seemed like we were on an island. But mostly dreams made of nights spent in the deserted streets of a Paris under the snow.

Then I would wake up to a cold empty room wishing for more, hoping for more. Hoping for a miracle really. We were strangers again, with an unfinished cup of coffee on the bedside table as the only proof that it wasn’t always so cold in this house. I couldn’t see through my tears. I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere. And I thought I could never fall in love again. But you can only stay underwater for so long. Or so he’d told me, one day when the sea sparkled and the sun burnt, and the fish were an aquatic rainbow.

Yes, you can only stay underwater for so long.

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