Yesterday in Chocolate
1. After taking Charlie to school, I went to the supermarket to buy lettuce and bread. Chocolate was on sale, so I got a couple.
2. I saw that it should be Chocolate Day. I bought a chocolate rabbit to spend Chocolate Day with me. Next, I went to Kirribilli and worked in the Chocolate Cafe.
3. While at the Chocolate Cafe, I bought a gift for a friend who has been in hospital.
4. After a moment, I remembered that I myself was at the hospital, for a couple of hours, last month. My GP sent me to Emergency with my ear infection. My face was so swollen! ‘Yes,’ agreed a friend, ‘you have fish gills.’ But the doctor at the hospital told me to go home. ‘I can’t see into your ear at all,’ he explained. ‘It’s too inflamed. Also, you may think your face is swollen? But it’s not.’ I looked at him sternly. ‘You do realise,’ I said, ‘that, in 1560, King Francis II of France died of an ear infection?’ Or anyway I would have said that if I’d known about King Francis II at the time. I only found out watching Horrible Histories the other day. I decided to buy myself a gift for my hospital stay.
5. I came home, and worked at my desk. My chocolate rabbit watched.
6. As usual, I ate chocolate and fruit while I worked.
7. My chocolate rabbit took a break from watching my keyboard and looked out the window.
8. On Friday afternoons, a babysitter comes over and plays with Charlie while I do a couple of extra hours of work. I told her it was Chocolate Day. Right away, she got into the spirit of things. She made Charlie crackers with chocolate spread (Nutella) and sliced bananas. ('How were they?' I asked Charlie. 'Epic,' he said calmly.) Then she and Charlie baked chocolate-chip cookies.
9. Night fell. My chocolate rabbit sat on the window ledge watching the lights come on, and thinking about his day. He felt happy. It had been a good day. His new owner (me) seemed really friendly, and very fond of him. I had worn an orange dress for Harmony Day, and that seemed like a good sign to him, even if I had wasted a lot of time looking for something - anything! - orange to wear, before noticing that the dress I was wearing was bright orange. Chocolate Rabbit laughed to himself at the memory of that. He thought about all the adventures of the day, and about my various other interests.
10. ‘I might just go out to the balcony to get some air,’ Chocolate Rabbit said suddenly. ‘Okay,’ I said. ‘But come back in soon! It’s almost time for tea and chocolate! I have that every night,’ I explained. ‘Oh, lovely,’ he murmured. ‘I’ll be right there.’ But he seemed really distracted. Like someone who senses he is missing something huge that is staring him right in the face.