Giuseppe Conatelli looked away from the playing field where his soccer team Empoli FC was playing a home game against Parma, to grab his mobile phone that was vibrating in the pocket of his warm duffle coat. Who could that be, he wondered slightly annoyed. Annoyance turned into surprise when he tapped a new text message. His surprise wasn’t so much caused by the fact that the message was from an unfamiliar number with the international dialling code for Australia, but rather by the name he was addressed by. He hadn’t been called so in years.
The candle had long burned out when she downed her last glass of brandy and got up out of her chair. She walked to the dining room table and suddenly felt light-headed. Standing by the table, she held on to the back of the dining room chair for a moment to come to her senses.
I must have been about four when I was introduced to the phenomenon of regeneration. At the time, I was on holiday with my family in a resort in Coya, near the mining village of Sewell in Chile where we lived. We were walking from our apartment to the swimming pool when we spotted some skinks on a sun-drenched wall. I can’t remember how it happened, but one of them lost its tail. My brothers and I were a bit saddened by this until my mum pointed out that this was the skink’s protection against predators and that it would eventually grow a new tail.
Do you know those moments when nothing seems to go your way? When, no matter how hard you try, everything you do just doesn’t work out the way you want it to? Well, you can’t win ‘em all, can you?
For a moment she shut her eyes against the sun’s rays. Then she spread her blanket over the long, soft grass in the meadow next to the lavender field and kneeled down. Slowly she undressed until she was completely naked and felt the warmth of the sun caressing her skin. She looked around nervously. She hoped nobody could see her and quickly overcame her fear. She lay down on the blanket, closed her eyes and enjoyed the warm sensation all over her body. Before long, she fell asleep.