"You told me you would let me take care of him! That every thing would be alright!
I kept my promise!" She screamed suddenly.
With a shove she pushed back from the alter and looked upwards, pointing an accusing
finger at the shadowed ceiling. A corner of the paper kissed the small flame, and the words "Notice of"
began to blacken and curl.
"I gave him a home. I worked to give him everything he needed, everything he wanted.
He was cared for, we were happy! I kept my word, and I did it without forgetting about you!
I came here everyday I could get out of bed and told you everything. You were a part of this,
I included you in our lives!"
The word "Eviction" blackened on the paper, and the top of the page curled away from the
flame that heated it. Her left fist released the paper it had been holding and it fluttered to
the floor. The word "Order" could be seen in the from a crinkle in the paper. The woman
dropped her pointing hand and kept yelling into the empty room.
"When did you stop listening to me? Did you fall asleep? Leave? Or are you some capricious
deity who thinks it's funny to trick people? Can you really be so arrogant, you, you liar!
Even you have to play by your own rules! How could you forget us, forget the promise,
forget to do your job?"
The woman stepped forward towards the alter as she dropped her gaze, and her foot
flattened out the dropped paper, revealing the words "Restraining Order" written boldly at
the top. The paper on the alter was now a heap of black flakes, completely unnoticed by
the woman, who set her hand down on the warm pile. She sank to her knees and slumped
over the alter, her head resting on her hand by the candles. A small drop landed on her
hand, as a few silent tears crawled down her face. A soft, broken whisper left her lips.
"I trusted you, how could you forget about me and abandon me so easily?"
The candles suddenly flickered with unbearable brightness before the flames disappeared
in unison. A low voice seemed to answer her back, saying just one word.