06. On Loch Ness

Glen Mor, Scotland. A tiny rowing boat glides placidly on the flat calm of Loch Ness, a young couple in love is aboard.

“I want to get married in the church of Saint Rita,” she had said.
“Of course, my love,” he had said.

“I want to go on a honeymoon in Scotland,” she had said.
“Of course, my darling,” he had said.

“I want to rock on a boat on Loch Ness,” she had said.
“Of course, my angel,” he had said.

Church of Saint Rita, and Scotland, and Loch Ness. And a tiny rowing boat that glides placidly on the flat calm of the lake, a young couple in love is aboard.
“In my opinion, the Monster does not exist,” she says turning to him.
But he is no longer there.

END

[First written as “Sul Loch Ness” in 1995. Re-edited in 2018 with the help of Sonia Lombardo. Translated from the Italian by Sabrina Beretta and edited by Karen Rought in 2019.]
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