688 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2019
Now, cigarettes punctuate my entire day. Odd that you can put a habit down
for more than a decade and pick it up again as if the clean years had never
My head aches.
It’s been two years since I was in France. The last time was right after Aur’s
father called us about the diagnosis. (Breast cancer. I had heard those words
before, spoken by my own parents with the same impossible pairing of resignation
and steely hope.) We crossed the Atlantic on a straightforward mission
of familial support and solidarity. My purpose now is much less clear.
God, what am I doing here?
Sweat breaks out on my forehead. It’s going to be a long flight.
A week ago, I had answered the door of the condo to Aur’s friend Josh
carrying a large manila envelope and a coffee. He half smiled in a stiff, awkward
“It’s from Aur,” he said, handing me the package. “He left for Paris last
night. You might already know this, but Georgine’s gotten a lot worse.”
Josh took a nervous sip of his drink. I looked at him.
“Jen, I’m … I’m so sorry,” he said. He walked backwards a few faltering
steps down the hallway, mumbled something, then turned and continued
to the exit.
I opened the seal.
Form F3 (Rule 4-1 (1))
Court File No.: 18-1299
Court Registry: Victoria
In the Supreme Court of British Columbia
Aurélien Joseph Lestac
Jennifer May Reichel
NOTICE OF FAMILY CLAIM
This family law case has been started by the claimant for the relief set