The wind blows gently through the trees and a car crunches gravel underneath its tires.  Despite the brightness of the day the air seemed to crackle with barely suppressed energy, reminiscent of the way the air feels before a thunderstorm.  The car door shuts with a small click, immediately drawing the attention of someone who was sitting in the front yard and doing their best to appear as though they had not been looking out or anything at all, much less the car which was now in the driveway and failing miserably.  For a moment time seemed to slow downand everything held its breath.  For a moment she looked caught in a moment of indecision between laughter and tears, decided to forgo choosing and did both.Almost before she realized it she had pushed herself into standing and was hugging the man before her for all she was worth, temporarily oblivious to anybody and anything else.  After a few minutes she said the first intelligible words,”you are real!”


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