Flamenco for Fragrance

As newly-acquired language coalesces into sentences, she begins to write a diary. Her diary takes the form of an imaginary lover who answers to the name of Flamenco for Fragrance.

Diary entry: November 15, 2011

He catches a glimpse of her red sequins beneath her street clothes. Risking rejection, he asks if he can see her again. She gives him her mailbox address. By way of a “thank you” he gives her a gift of a perfume jar. After all, a match made in heaven doesn’t stay awake indefinitely.

He says: “Pick a number, pick a colour, fortune teller.”

She picks the colour red and the number 9.

Together they unpick the meaning of her selections.

Nine is the number of completion. Nothing blue need apply.

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