Time: 23.57hrs, 10 August 2020
Late Letter To A Long Lost Friend (As Posted On A Chat Online)
I’ll never say I miss you. Because you are the kind which remains in the heart so that I can never unmeet you, forget you or even miss you. The memory of your presence hangs too heavy around us all. I will say, however, that you always saw me in the best possible light. I will say that I miss how kind you were to the people around you and yet always gave yourself the best treatment of all. I will say I realise I didn’t have much faith in humanity, until I met you. I didn’t see much good in myself and that reflected in the people who were drawn to me. But you came into my life and showed me that the world could be beautiful if I gave myself a chance to show it my own beauty.
I thought about you this morning, looked you up on the “Interweb” – as you used to call it. Farewells and teary messages greeted me instead of happy pictures of you on holiday somewhere in Namibia. I was a week too late. The best ones are the first to go and my timing proves – as usual – off by a few.
Goodbye, friend. Thank you for teaching me how to be a rebel with a cause. I was lucky to have your guidance. Even if you had never done anything for me, I would still have been lucky to simply exist in your presence even for that little while. I hope you knew how much I appreciated you – even if we were no longer in touch (high school makes you feel like nothing will ever end, then once endings start to happen they do so definitely) – and that you learned something from me as well.
Rest in peace in the shadow of your crazy legacy.
Time: 14.17hrs, 11 August 2020
Response From A Long Lost Friend,
I saw your letter. Meet me in Windhoek at the hideout near our favourite spot on 31 December at noon. [Redacted] And of course, this is the biggest secret you’ll ever keep. You know what not to do. [Redacted]
Your Long Lost Friend,
NB: Names of places and linguistic ‘mannerisms’ have been changed to maintain privacy.
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