Sundays With Ingrid
“Divorce,” Ingrid explained to Nigel, halfway through a very long walk, easily their longest ever, a walk that took them out of Riverbend, onto Main Street and all the way to the Village Green. But divorce meant nothing to Nigel, or to any other dog, even the smartest that ever lived. Did it have meaning for any animals at all? Ingrid scrolled through a few in her mind – bears, deer, crocodiles, geese. She just didn’t know enough about their habits to know. And even with those creatures that mated for life, none of whom came to mind at the moment, did the offspring even bother to stick around for more that a few weeks or months? Life was pretty short for most animals; on the other hand, they had no inkling. Only human beings had inklings about the end part. What was that quote? Ingrid remembered Mom saying it, one day when she’d dragged the whole family to some strange art thing at the Wadsworth Museum in Hartford: Death casts a shadow backwards. Oh, boy. “Death casts a shadow backwards,” she said to Nigel. His stubby tail drooped, but that might have because he was getting tired. Ingrid was feeling a little droopy herself.
From Into the Dark.
Tags: Echo Falls Series
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