The feathered storm begins an hour before dark. A solitary bird flies a lazy, indistinct loop over the old Highland Mall parking lot — a black silhouette against a colorful sunset sky.
Look away for a moment, then turn back, and now there are two and four and twenty and then, quite quickly, more than you can count.
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