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Walking along the street, she remarks, “It's quite breathtaking in the fall; there's a tree outside with dappled leaves.
It looks like it's aflame. A dragon came, slithering over the hills, and breathed smoke onto it. You should come.”
He laughs, promises, “I'm sure
words cannot describe it. I'll be there soon; I have to wrap up some
business meetings, you see.”

She loses track of the days, but she knows that the tree remains dappled,
the embers are still sizzling, and the fire flickers warmly.

As she is walking, with a bounce in her step -
He is coming tomorrow -
she glances toward the tree.
Sneezing, she misses the
spindly branches,
bereft of any color.



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