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All that remains

An iScot Short Story

A LEC had been unsure how the container would fare, resting on the front passenger seat on such a winding road as this. He had thought it might be safest on the floor, but dismissed this idea at once, appalled at his own lack of decorum. Anne was his wife and she would ride by his side as she always had. He had carefully fastened the seatbelt around the container (the word ‘urn’ had a morbid ring that he despised), and so far, so good.

‘Nearly there now,’ he said.

The words were lightweight, matterof- fact; they tripped casually off the tongue but settled like a shroud over his heart. His destination, he reminded himself, was an illusory journey’s end, and it would bring him no comfort. But Toby was glad of the news, stretching his front paws across the back seat and yawning deeply.

A grey loch lay to the left as the road straightened at last. Tiny wavelets harried one another across its surface, only to perish on the sandy shore. Alec wondered at the power of nature to drive all things to their inevitable end. The waves, like the motorists coursing through the landscape, seemed in an unnatural hurry to get there.

He lowered his window to let in the clean Highland air. If only Anne could have come up here just once in those final six months, perhaps it could have saved her; but she was too ill to travel, and they had both known that she would never see her favourite place again. She had taken solace in expressing her wish that her ashes should be scattered there. As the first anniversary approached, several friends had offered to accompany him, to help him carry out that wish. He’d felt pressured to get on with it.

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iScot Magazine April 2017 - issue 28 116 quality pages from THE ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT PRO SCOTTISH MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HQ'd IN SCOTLAND. "The one with 'Blaze the mountaineering dug' front cover" Featuring the best writers in Scotland today Robbie Dinwoodie, Tom Morton, Derek Bateman, Will MacLeod, Wee Ginger Dug, Jennifer Harper, Grousebeater, Major Bloodnok, Zoe Weir, Vivien Martin, Dave Bowman, Mary Edward, Alyn Smith MEP, Peter A Bell, Dr Steve McCabe, Ann MacKinnon, Angela Robb, David MacKenzie, and Jason Michael McCann