THE PICTURAL STORY

by Pierre Wat

A story written by Pierre Wat in 12 chapters

Chapter IV

There is someone. This time I'm sure there is someone else on this island, and this person is beckoning me.

It was this morning that I saw them. I was entering the clearing to pick some fruit, my only food when I could not fish, when I saw them. I mentioned their presence immediately. I come here every day and I'm sure, yesterday there was nobody. Nothing apart from those fruits that hang from the branches of a lean tree, they look like beans. And then this blinding white wall, which seems to taunt me, as if to remind me that the best thing here is a nothingness.

Oh, these are small objects. Could fit in the palm of your hand. But I didn’t dare to try. Their presence was so surprising, on the flat rock where they were laid, that I found them immense. Especially one of them-there were five of them in all-rising to the sky. It looked like a lingam as we see in India. Except this one, others were hollow, open, like a shelter. It reassured me. I told myself that the one who was making signs was not trying to make me run away. I stayed for a long time watching them. Finally, I thought…

These are all of them: all five, well aligned. It reminded me the table at my grandparents house, long-long time ago. So I sat down and watched, resisting to my desire to touch. May be tomorrow, if they still will be here….It’s funny, I have the impression that the one who designed them did everything to get it. One looked like a bowl, the other a dish, but it was neither a bowl nor a dish, just things that seemed to me to say, "Take me in hand, do not be afraid. I'm still a little scared but it's true that all these handles, all these protuberances, are a call to the seizure. Are these fetishes?

I left with my fruits but I told myself that tomorrow morning I will come back with the piece of burnt wood that I picked up on the beach where I woke up. With him I can make a trace on the white wall, like a scar. A sign to say that yes, there is someone.

Continuation of the story next month !

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