But while I had been staring after the path of the snake, someone had cracked open the door of the table
Two dark eyes were staring down at me now from the shadows, concentrating their energies on me as if to make me disappear by force as will
That man seemed to burn away all other features of the figure swooping down on me. I stumbled backwards and fell, my arms coming up instinctively to shield me against a blow;
His eyes suddenly swooped out of the stable like swallows, turning magically a luminous blue as they caught the sunlight, bright flames that held me transfixed.
I sat for a moment dazed where i had fallen, my head pounding and my palms scraped and bleeding from my fall.
A moment later an engine sputtered distantly to life and a small car pulled suddenly out of the trees' shadow, disappearing almost at once around a corner of the mountain in the direction of Castellucci
Someone, though, was still in the stable. My mother: I came in to find her pouring water from a bucket into the pig's trough as if nothing had happened, a lantern burning pale pale blue from a rafter above her.
My mother pursed her lips and drew them to one side, the way she did when she was considering a problem.
Ah, it's you. I thought you were studying your mathematics
Oh, that was nothing. I saw a snake.
It wasn't you, it was a man.
She ran a hand through her hair to pull away a stick of straw dangling from it.
I heard someone yelling
Don't be afarid, Maybe other people will ask you too. What will you tell them?
She crouched down in front of me.
For a moment my mother stared at me through narrowed eyes again, as if to gauge the solemnity of my response; but finally she leaned forward to plant a kiss on my forehead.