Alexander couldn’t look at his own son, leaving Nanael, Georgia, and Valencia to raise yet another child, though they did not mind. Alexander was drifting away, floating towards a darker place and no one knew how to get him to come back to the family. Everyone tried, even Ayil, but after he snapped at her that a blind girl like her shouldn’t be allowed to leave her room she stopped. Then there came a night when Alexander didn’t come home, nor the next morning did he return. Rain poured for four days, a storm no one could go out in. School and work was canceled and the family stayed quiet, not daring to speak what was on their minds.
At the end of the storm came two police officers to the door with an earth shattering knock that rattled the dust off the silent shelves. It was Ayil, who had been reading in the study with her boyfriend, Prince, who answered the door.
“Can we speak to the head of the household please?”
“Who’s visiting?” She politely replied, and heard the whisper of one man to the other, “She’s blind.” “Yes. I am blind..” Her voice had a slight annoyance too it as Prince came behind her.
“It’s the police, Ayil.”
“Can you show them to the study, I’ll get my mom.” Ayil asked, and after confirmation walked towards the stairs leading into the vast basement, to get her mother from her art studio.
Valencia came and sat behind the desk that had been Phul’s, and she looked at the two officers. One had beautiful blue eyes, the other dark with eyes that looked like the bottom of a tea cup. “What can I do for you today?”
“It’s about Alexander Hark..”
“Oh, what happened?”
“When was the last time you saw him?”
“Mmmm, possibly five days ago? Before that huge storm…”
“Well, ma’am…” The one with the tea cup eyes spoke up, he had a chocolately rich voice, “He was found in the river. We believe… That he shot himself at the top of that scenic hill near the river, and when the storm started his body… He rolled up-”
“He.. killed himself?” Valencia asked, interrupting and standing to glance out the glass pane of the door, her daughter was not listening in as she was usually- the little spy.