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Amy started back to the house, Sophie safely in tow. But Sophie held back and laid the good towels carefully on the grass that lined the creek. She then stretched out in the fast disappearing sun to continue her story. "The credit card application came back--denied. Accounts in collection. And, Amy sweet, you know me. You know how I feel about debt. I have never been late for a payment. Not once. So I called the credit reporting company, TransWorld Credit, it was.

This time it was another young man on the phone, but he sounded threatening and definitely not so nice as he went through his pat phrases. I ended up giving out that intimate information all over again. He said they would have a report out for me in a week or so.

I waited over three weeks for that credit card report," Sophie said, turning over on the thick towels to let the thin mountain sun dry her back. "Not anxious, understand, but not forgetting about it either. It just hovered a bit at the back of my mind, like this creek rushing under my window at nights. When it came back, I didn't recognize any of the accounts. They say I spent a hundred and fifty nine dollars and forty-two cents at a Target in Berkeley. Berkeley, when I never even did go out there to see Anna off. Then they had charges at a Lost Creek Brewing Company in Berkeley--and you know I don't drink the stuff! All these charges from someone else, trying to masquerade as me, well, I can tell you I didn't like the new way of telling someone who they are!"

So I call TransWorld Credit right back and gave them a piece of my mind. This time it was a lady, and she didn't want to give her name, either. None of them do. They don't have to. They are already in the system, a part of what you so obviously want to be. Like kitsune girls knowing they are already foxes. She was gone a while and then came back suddenly and said that they had the records straight. And that these were definitely my accounts, all right. I told her that the company must have gotten me confused with someone else.

She said that that wasn't possible. They knew who I was, even if I didn't. And they knew I had accounts under collection.

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