A story about a new beginning:
"The seventy-five-year-old woman stepped gingerly out of a ‘98 Ford Taurus. She surveyed the line of winter trees as a picket line upslope. Dense woods surrounded the sweep of open ground at the Norma Johnson Conservation Center: Caterina smiled, she liked the way the tree cover crowded the snowy hilltops.
"Cat buttoned the top button on her old gray overcoat. It was cold.
"Under a well-worn ski cap her strong green eyes were lenses that captured and considered all things. A shifty breeze brushed gray bangs gently across her forehead. Cat turned downwind and in two steps she was upwind as the unreliable breeze began to stalk and circle and to nudge her ever so gently from one side and then another.
"She trudged uphill on a well-marked path, hitching up baggy blue jeans. Without focus she looked back the way she had come: hers was the only car in the parking lot --
"She was alone."
- from Caterina Zutscu and the Three Legged Dog, a short story by Kevin O'Kendley in Carbuncle Moon...
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