DARQ: Hi, Catherine. As much as I wish you a Happy Easter, it isn’t the best of Easters with your world suffering the COVID-19 virus, but do enjoy your Easter Day.
CATHERINE: Thanks, Darq. I see the wreath and the three black, Wysotti funerary flowers . . .
DARQ: The virus took the life of a few of the MIB security detail that escort me. [Darq pats the head of the pink rabbit.] RR was fond of rabbits . . .
CATHERINE: He the one with the white hair and mustache?
DARQ nods: I also have to tell you— I am being recalled to my homeworld.
CATHERINE: What! Why?
DARQ somberly says: I got the virus and—
CATHERINE: You got the virus?
DARQ: Calm down. I got a very mild case—
CATHERINE: But you never said —
DARQ: Couldn’t. You know how the MIB [Men in Black] are. Security and all that. I was quarantined, got better, stayed healthy. As of yesterday, the doctors and all the tests cleared me to return home.
CATHERINE: So you’re coming back to the farm to get your things?
DARQ (shaking her head sadly): No. Sorry. I’m returning to my homeworld tomorrow.
DARQ nods: Just hang onto my trunk of clothes and stuff for the time being. And, Catherine — it’s not certain when I will return to your planet. All depends on the course of the coronavirus and how quickly things for you and your people return to normal. So—
CATHERINE: We play it by ear?
DARQ smiles and nods: Hope to see you come October. Stay safe and healthy.
A NOTE TO SEWERS: I had planned to make Darq a yellow Easter gown for a Spring Tea, but the coronavirus has forced cancellation of group events, travel, self-quarantining, etc. And, in light of the ever-mounting death toll from the virus, it seemed best that Darq wear something more somber for Easter. Her gray tunic is a wool-suiting blend. Her slacks are black linen-rayon. No bling on the shoes. As a matter of fact, those black leather shoes she’s wearing are from a previous outfit.
It is my sincere hope that fall will see things return to normal and that Darq will return to blog anew.
Wishing you sunshine and the joy of spring flowers in bloom this Easter day.