Crazy Cat Lady Character Spotlights: an ongoing series of flash fiction backstories featuring the cast of the Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries.
Lynley Cannon studied herself in the mirror. The grim lines of the face, the graying hair. She still wore it long, but the tresses no longer sparkled red as they had back in the day. What happened? Who was this elderly stranger who greeted her in the glass? Inside, Lynley still felt sixteen. Or maybe thirty-five. Even fifty was young when compared to her current sixty-two years. She shrugged. She was comfortable in her aging skin, and that was what mattered.
As she reached up to touch the cat-shaped pendant she wore around her neck, her eye caught sight of a little ripple on her hand, a scar from a long-ago injury. The gouge had been ugly at first, but it got better. It had healed, but healed differently, the skin no longer soft and smooth but marked with puckers and ridges that would last, she knew now, for her lifetime.
Tom, she thought fondly, and an inadvertent ache touched her heart. She and her young, long-haired companion had been building a house in the California desert when a concrete block fell on her hand, scraping deep into the skin. Tom had washed and bound the wound, then passed her whiskey for the pain. That was Tom all over! Four decades ago, she had loved him. Thought she loved him. Back then, love was a visceral thing, brimming with passion and wayward with lust.
Lynley laughed, gazing down the years. What would her teenage granddaughter say if she knew about her hippie past?
Lived in a commune: check.
Swam naked in wild lakes: check.
Did drugs and slept around: double check.
She had made it through. She couldn’t say the same of others, lost along the way. But for her, they were good memories—for the most part. Sunshine and laughter, dancing, singing, and howling at the moon.
Lynley smiled, then sobered. Those times had also left scars, scars that, like the one on her hand, had changed her life forever.
The Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery Series features a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip, taking crazy to a whole new level.
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