The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Friday, 20 March 1987

The Return of Astra Trellis

‘Looking Back’ – Shop Assistants




I awoke intending to be cheerful.  But as the day developed, I sunk into more depression; just so uncomfortable with everything around me and inside me.  Why?  I can’t understand it all.  I haven’t been normal in the head since the day Jenny gave me ‘the Letter’. 


I’m not blaming her, but that’s where the root of my problem must lie: November 1986; which was quickly followed by my Suicidal New Year and the cloak and dagger that was February and betrayal.  These must be the after-effects…



I chatted to Astra Trellis in the Common Room.  We reminisced about the ‘hair-crimping days’ at Wetlands.  Last year.  I told her that she, Hazel and (probably) Lizzie were geographically my ‘closest’ ‘friends’: people I can communicate with.  There is no one else nearby.  I’ll probably see ‘em in town on Saturday…



On the bus home, I sat with Ruth Barton who’s nice.



I wrote some Bümmers stuff when I got in.







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NEXT TIME: ‘For the love of Astra and Hazel…’

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