OK, I admit I’m totally off task today but I’ve chosen to continue the “lost” theme for the serial we started on Day 4 of Writing 101 rather than change it to “found”. My task is unfinished, it’s a 3 part serial after all.
The little girl rode along the footpath near her home, not fast, just enjoying the day, which was lucky. She wouldn’t have seen it if she’d been in a rush to go somewhere but the leisurely pace meant she noticed the small oval item lying on the ground beside the path. She stopped, straddled the bike and reached down for it. A small medal showing detailed relief of a man carrying a small child on his shoulder. Clutching it in her fist she rode home and showed the housekeeper who told her it was a St Christopher, the patron saint of travellers. The idea of someone looking out for you as you travelled appealed to the girl and for several years she kept the medal safe in a box with shells and other little treasures.
The time came for her to leave home and rather than abandon the medal with her childhood trinkets she put it in her wallet. It was with her when she lived in small country towns and when she travelled to large cities. It stayed with her when she travelled through small countries and across large continents until eventually it came back with her to Australia.
As wallets wore out and were replaced the medal found a new home in the new wallet until the day an angry young man wrenched open a filing cabinet and stole the wallet. The medal was gone.