She thought about birds singing—thought orwished or longed or dreamt. It was a thought turned on its side, a door left cracked in her mind. She was getting better at telling when she was doing it right.
A strange bird trilled high and off-key above her.
She thought-wished-longed-dreamt of leaves rustling.
Overhead, the trees shushed their leaves, forming vague,whispered words. Avide audimus.