The Reeling

by Sean Gregson

When Katherine and Lindsey broke into Melks’ house, they did it out of neighbourly concern. The sisters found a house on its knees, ankle deep in filth and emptied out tape reels. In every room, shelves and shelves of cassettes dominated the walls. Katherine took one of the tapes at random and placed it in the player. The spool whirled to life and so did their mother’s voice, her last words played out once again. That night, they sat and listened to the highlights of their lives, and thought more of themselves than the man they’d come to find.


Sean Gregson's play, Donal Fleet: A Confessional, will be performed in September at Hampstead Theater.