It is a cold morning, the sky is dark and gray with the rain coming down in drizzles. The grief in the air is hanging like a thick, wool blanket soaked in water and it is draping over everyone. The drizzles of the rain makes a splatter when it hits the closed golden casket that is suspending over the grave on a funeral liner. The priest in charge of the funeral is standing by the left-hand side of the casket, the guests are standing behind the widow and her children who are seating directly in front of the casket. The atmosphere in the cemetery is calm but sorrowful, the mourners are all wearing black and some of them also have black umbrellas to prevent the rain from getting them wet. There are no smiles from the mourners and most of them have their eyes hiding behind dark sunglasses. A void has been created, death has created that void.
Elizabeth refuses to be covered with an umbrella even as the rain starts to increase. Her sister is covering Elizabeth’s children who are seating beside their mother with an umbrella and even though they are young, they understand that their dad is gone, Austin is gone. The priest is talking about the life and times of Austin, emphasing on how short life is with Elizabeth’s mind drifting back to the events that happened 12 days ago.
Austin had found out about her infidelity in the most unorthodox of ways. The receptionist was just trying to be good but instead had succeeded in outing her to her real husband. He had gotten really upset especially after the hard time she had given him when she saw him with his concubine and was refusing to say a word to Elizabeth. She had followed him to his car with the hope of talking things out but Austin just wanted to get out of the place. He opened the door of the car and shut it and was about to start the engine of the car when Elizabeth ran over to the passenger side, opened the door and jumped in the car as Austin started the engine of the car. Austin drove out of the parking lot and Elizabeth pushed his buttons till they got into an argument which made Austin ask if she had any plans of telling him about her infidelity. They kept passing the blame to each other and he asked her who the man was, the man she cheated on him with. She told him it was her crush, a man she had promised him she had forgotten about. It hurt Austin and he hit the steering wheel in anger several times as Elizabeth’s tears started to flow. Austin was lost in his thoughts that he forgot to stop at the red light and a truck coming from his left-hand side crashed into the car.
Elizabeth who was in the passenger seat had minor injuries, just a bruise to her left hand, a cut on her hand and she sprained her left ankle. Austin on the other hand was not so lucky, he had multiple fractures on his left and right lower legs and feet. He also suffered severe injuries to his chest and left arm, and had suffered from internal bleeding. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. He had lost a lot of blood from the internal bleeding.
Elizabeth’s sister taps her gently on her shoulder to bring her out of her thoughts as the priest asks her to come forward to perform the dust to dust rites. The casket is lowered halfway into the grave as Elizabeth walks towards the grave. She faces everyone and she spots Eva at the back and asks herself “what is she doing here?”
She is wearing a black hat to conceal her face but Elizabeth still recognizes her. She cannot fathom why Eva will attend her husband’s funeral since she is one of the reasons why he is dead. The anger boils inside of Elizabeth but she calms herself and says a few words in honour of her late husband, performs the rite and goes back to her seat. The priest is saying the final prayer as Elizabeth looks at her children wondering if she will ever tell them the events that led to their father’s death. Will they forgive her if they find out about her role in it all?
The priest ends the prayer and as the casket is descending to the bottom of the grave, Elizabeth promises herself to take the secret behind Austin’s death to her grave.