Before the Guests Arrive

Julian pottered. Yes, he wanted the geraniums and lilacs in before Thursday, before the guests arrived, his esteemed and noble guests, but he also just liked remarking the various hidden aspects of the garden as he paced its acres, studying the root of its appearance—what it was and what it was made of and how [...]

Counting Finches

How many? said the finch. He had landed beside his friend on the frosty branch. Down inside the house there was the business of human ceremony—something opaque and inscrutable. Yesterday there were seven, today there are six, he said. Upstairs through the foggy window the girl was sitting and using a stick to change something [...]