Monday 9 July 2012
At 14:54, Scarlett’s car is already there for the afternoon school-run; it is nose-to-sapling, over half-way onto the pavement. Other parents have arrived before her, around or just after 14:50. Are they all expecting a prompt finish to the school-day? Or were they hoping to bag parking-spaces close to the school because they were expecting rain? It is now raining quite hard. The nearside rear window of Scarlett’s car is fully closed.
A little before 15:00, Scarlett gets out of her car, without an umbrella and without Tiny Boy.
Before Scarlett returns from the school, a woman crosses the road, reaching the far side just beyond the nose of Scarlett’s car. At her left hand the woman has a tiny daughter, aged three at most, wearing a pink anorak and sheltering from the rain under her own little orange umbrella.
Not long after 15:05 Scarlett returns with Small Boy. He is in his dark anorak, with the hood up. Scarlett looks as though she isn’t enjoying the rain — she is dressed just as she was this morning. Small Boy gets into the car at the offside rear. Scarlett departs without delay, reversing a little from the sapling. It is still raining, but I don’t think her car’s lights are on. At George Street she turns left.
[Original posting 9 July 2013]