‘No, not really.’
‘Me either,’ I say, dragging my finger through the water pooling on the sill. ‘Still, it’s weird, isn’t it?’
‘Well, like, I don’t think I’ve been here long. But on the other hand I can’t remember ever not being here… So I don’t know.’
‘I remember singing.’
‘Singing?’ I consider for a moment. Light dawns. ‘Oh yeah, singing. And, like, a lady?’
‘Yeah. In blue? Or was it purple?’
I screw up my face. ‘Purple, I think. I seem to remember purple.’
‘And, were there other people?’
‘Hmmm. You know, I think there might have been. Like, I was here with someone else, and then I heard the singing, and then…’ But I can’t remember anything else except a blur of white light and singing. I definitely remember the singing.
‘It was raining then, too.’
‘Yeah. My… mum?’ He pauses, as though he’s testing the word. ‘Yeah, my mum, she made me wear wellies that day.’
‘Wellies? What are they?’ But as I think about it I remember, black rubbery boots. And, some sort of uniform. ‘I think maybe, I might have been at… school once.’
‘School? Huh. I think maybe I might have been too.’
‘And there was someone, like, a mister someone. They were shouting…’
‘And then there was the singing. And the water…’
‘A bit like today, I guess.’
There is noise, then. The chatter of voices, the clatter of shoes on old stone floors, and the room feels all at once crowded. I hear someone speaking. ‘And this is the very chamber is where the infamous lady lured…’ His voice disappears, drowned out by a rushing sound. Through the window I can see water pouring from the mouth of an ancient figure carved into the wall. And as it falls it takes with it all my half-remembered ideas, and all that is left is singing, and a glimpse of purple.
‘You been here long?’
‘No. Or, I don’t know, really.’
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