Kit and Amy kept trying to reassure themselves that nothing was wrong. There was simply not sufficient reason to worry. If Anna had not fit in at Berkeley, she would not have stayed in California. But she might not have called them. Her sense of shame from not being able to cope, would have been enough to stop her fingers from dialing the number. If it whatever happened had been bad enough, she wouldn't have dared to call home.

She would have come home to Colorado, maybe bummed a job for the winter on the ski slopes in Keystone or Aspen. Maybe take on a new name, a different identity. So she could start again somehow, without explaining it to anyone else.

Kit thought this was what had happened, and had told Amy to tell Anna's friends that coming home in America had nothing to do with honor. It was enough just to come home.

Amy told her mother that she agreed. That just because Anna wasn't calling wasn't enough to imagine the worst. Yet they both knew that there would never have been enough reasons for Anna not to call home.

empty atoms / thicken / into crowds / too trifling / to be constrained / sufficient / for shadows / under the sun

the word is / the sound / of water / dripping from/ ancient symbols / tiny particles / of merging / realities

Follow us all: Amy/Anna, Sophie/Yuki, Kit/Richard, minor characters or sift through water leavings and river journeys.