By Sheree R. Thomas

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Sené. Sené full of dancing light. Laughter long buried came twisting up into her throat. She stared at the empty space where Faru had held her, and clapped her hand over her mouth. Giggles seeped from between her fingers. The lemongrass hissed again. Sené looked over at the fire. Even the water, boiling over, seemed something to delight in. She bent down over the water, dreamily drumming her fingers on her cheek. Her lips would not lie flat. They twisted up and open, surprising Sené with irrepressible mirth.

Laloro raised his trunk and pointed it at Faru as he flew. “Shall I do it? ] Quashe lifted her snout and shrieked a series of clicks and trills. Teeth bared, she belched. With every belch, a ripple disturbed the surface of the river. As Sené and Na’s tongues found each other’s throats, tasted each other’s salt and dirt, Quashe kept belching. The river waters swirled, and finally folded in on themselves. From the folds, a humongous crocodile surfaced, its back covered with algae. It lumbered onto shore, barreling between Sené and Na at the point of Quashe’s finger.

She always had to hold something of herself shut away. With Samuel, Beatrice relaxed into trust. “Beatrice, come! ” Beatrice ran in from the backyard at the sound of her mother’s voice. Had something happened to Mummy? Her mother was sitting at the kitchen table, knife still poised to crack an egg into the bowl for the pound cake she was making to take to the shop. She was staring in open-mouthed delight at Samuel, who was fretfully twisting the long stems on a bouquet of blood-red roses. ” Beatrice looked to Sammy for verification.

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