Ella saw the carpet at the car boot sale. It was draped across a chest of draws, there was something about it that drew her in. On inspection it was covered in dust, but it kind of spoke to her. She could see the rich reds underneath the dust and grime, it spoke of adventures.
A man who had come along to the stall after Ella was also trying to look at the carpet, but she was there first and therefore had first dibs. ‘There is a beautiful carpet over the way too’ he said, pointing off across the boot sale, ‘Why don’t you take a look if you like carpets’. Well there are no flies on Ella and this was all she needed to give her the push to make up her mind. Ella paid £40 for the carpet, as that was the very lowest the trader would accept and left it with him to continue her walk around the boot sale. It was meant to be she thought to herself, she never had more than a few pounds on her when she visited the boot sale, she came for a walk in the sun and a rummage usually. Today she just happened to have the money she owed her sister in her purse.
When Ella returned later to collect the carpet, the trader laughed as he told her the other guy was really upset to have missed out on the carpet. He knew all about it from its markings, he knew it was a good carpet and knew the region it was made, he had been furious to be beaten on this find. The trader told her he now thought he had been mistaken to let it go so cheaply, Ella laughed and shook his hand as she left with the carpet. Luckily she had help from her friend carrying it across the boot sale to where the car was parked. She noticed the guy who had wanted the carpet too, and the scowl on his face as he saw her with her prize.
Laid on the floor in her lounge it was clear it needed a clean but even so she could see it was meant to be. It fitted perfectly with her decor, it almost appeared that the furniture around it had been placed there afterwards to compliment it. Ella thought this was a little like her life at the moment with pieces slotting in finally to where they were supposed to.
Later, after much scrubbing and vacuuming Ella looked at her beautiful carpet and sighed. she was really happy she got out of bed to go to the boot sale this morning. Ella grabbed a cushion, lit a candle and laid out on her new carpet. As she did she had a funny feeling that she had come home, how strange she thought as she dropped off in exhaustion on the floor with her hand gently stoking the weave of the rug.
Ella’s dreams were beautiful, she travelled the universe and understood it was meant to be.