It appeared over the smokestacks, and from every direction people would claim it was miles away but just beyond the slim, puffing chutes. Eerie, it was jelly-like, with long smooth tendrils weaving through the autumn sky, down but never touching a thing. It was as if a screen had been placed over the eyes of the town, and some horrible cinema’s mistake was painting the morning this awful shade.
Large bits of concrete cascaded from above, out of the ceiling and into the common area. The gathered each remarked on the spontaneity of such an event, save Dave, who just lay there.
On a delayed flight to San Jose, suddenly, the flight attendants became pigs, rooting for truffles beneath the seats of frightened passengers. The pilot turned on the Fasten Seat Belts light, then turned it off again, then on. Outside, it was clear that other planes were undergoing a similar sort of chaos - iron machinery swerving from the runway, tipping into the marsh at the end of the airstrip.
In the sky, the planes seemed fine, and I wondered if some prophecy had come true to prove something to us all, in the positive or the negative.
Here is the real Trade Secret. She said.
She opened her coat a little and the light poured out.
Always keep a spare.
I found myself, today, speaking to myself as if I were a dog. Let’s go boy, I said. It was the only way to get out of bed. I called, c’mon boy, when the shower had gone on long enough, and I took myself for a long walk. If it weren’t for my leash, I don’t think I’d be out today at all.
Today I am a dog, and it’s raining, and I’m soaked and I’m just not smart enough to know that this isn’t some sort of punishment.