This is my 250 flash fiction take on Amalie’s death
She is cold, she shivers, and the darkness surrounds her. This is an inhumane place!
I am standing here, detached, in the shadows. Why am I here, guarding the frail broken body on the hard metal bed in this cold room? Her body convulses. There are two others present, a nurse who tends her and a man who by his dress, I discern he is a priest. They ignore, me as if I am invisible. I feel I know her, as I know the body shivering in the bed. The priest is bored. He is watching the second-hand trail around the huge clock face, waiting for the end. Then he will fulfill his duty and take his leave. He is thoughtful, remembering the first time he met her. Thirty-five years ago. He was young commencing his ministry in this place. She has been alone for a long time. He composes himself to wait, he owes her that much.
Perhaps now I should introduce myself, I am Amalie Frankenstein-Menz and I am waiting for me to die.
This fragment of my story begins when I married Abel in 1896. He was 60, a widower, I was 30. Six years later he died, leaving me at the mercy of his children. They were not much older than me and hated me. I was incarcerated in Kew Asylum in 1911, because I did not speak English. I was transferred to Beechworth in 1913. My case was never reviewed. I died February 9, 1948, alone and forgotten.
NAA: B6531, MP/MENZ AMILIE (sic) Menz Viewed January 2010
VPRS Kew Asylum/ Hospital for the Insane/Mental/Psychiatric Hospital – VA 2840
VPRS Beechworth Asylum/Hospital for the Insane/Mental/Psychiatric Hospital – VA 2842
VPRS Will Book 1903 87.664 Microfiche, Viewed September 1990, Abel Menz
VPRS 1920 Year 1935 to 1952 Reel Number4 Series 24, 1948/133 Inquest Documents Amalie Menz
Victorian Marriage Certificate 1896/ 3490 Abel Menz and Amalie Frankenstein
Victorian Death Certificate 1903/5998 Able Menz
Victorian Death Certificate 1948/16242 Amalie Frankenstein-Menz
NOTICE administration of estate records Abel Menz, The Victorian Gazette Number 539 May 19, 1948, p. 3304
NAA: B6531, MP/MENZ AMILIE, (sic) Menz Viewed January 2010
Morse, L 1991, ‘A Brief Window in Time’, The Victorian Genealogy Magazine, Ancestor, Spring Winter. pp.15-16
Morse, L 2015 Amalie’s Hell Blog entry https://justmecreativewriter.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/amalies-hell-working-title/