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30 black box What is that black box in the cabinet over the refrigerator? Oh, that? I don’t know. Just a black box. You know what’s in it, don’t you? Please just shut the cabinet. What’s in the box? Nothing. Just some ashes. It’s a box of ashes. What do you mean, ashes? I mean, ashes. As in, cremains. It’s really none of your business. Whose cremains would they be? They happen to be the cremains of my dear aunt, if you must know. And how long have they been in the cabinet above the refrigerator? A year. Maybe two. Why are they there? They are there because of how much my aunt loved London. Go on. My aunt loved London and her last wish was to have her ashes scattered in the Thames. And yet you failed to— No. I didn’t fail. I cast them into the dark waters. Then why— Because my ride to the airport was waiting and I was in a huge rush because I’d waited till the last minute to pack, and then I couldn’t find my passport. You waited until the last minute? Is that kind of behavior typical of you? Unfortunately. How did your aunt feel about this? It made her crazy. She was very punctual. So you were running late. And? I realized I didn’t have room in my suitcase for the box, so I poured some of the ashes into a smaller box, the one my wristwatch came in. And this was two years ago. 31 I guess that in all the excitement of being late and getting to the airport, and then actually being in London, I kind of forgot about the box. Besides, throwing the ashes into the Thames was very cathartic. A gesture of closure? I hate that word, but yes. So now, after two years, you happen to find the rest of her ashes, which you had forgotten about. How would your aunt feel about this? I don’t even want to think about it. So what now? My aunt really loved the Rockies. She used to ride horseback there when she was young. So I’m thinking I might take the rest of the ashes to Colorado. Do you think this time you might plan things out a little more carefully? Yes. I do think I will. At least I hope I will. That’s the plan, anyway. ...


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