Winter 1981 • Vol. III No. 1 FictionJanuary 1, 1981 |

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One Saturday afternoon Robin calls and says that her parents have been run over by a truck. Sarah says that she will be there in a few minutes. She bicycles down the middle of the street between heaps of snow. The air is the color of gold. The trip should be ordinary; she's made it hundreds of times. But everything, let alone the fact that Robin claims her parents are dead, is more and more unusual and beyond a simple explanation. She whizzes through the air, held aloft on a little heartshaped seat by two spinning wheels, while dogs walk past sporting hilarious coats. The street is filled, is running wild down to the vanishing point, with light and reflections of light. At Robin's house, Robin's mother, Selma, opens the door and guides and pokes her into the kitchen. Selma picks up an apple and a banana. "It's murder," she says to Sarah and looks up through the ceiling into Robin's room. "You want to know what it is now? She says I should get ready. She says she's going to g

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