Only Sky Above and Below

The bounce house cut loose from the earth, long metal stakes zippering from the ground in a staccato of dirt clods. It soared into the space where the sky used to be. Trees dipped in the wind while parents watched silently, balancing clear and dark drinks in their hands. Some of them turned their gaze to the ground. Others stared toward the hollow corona of the sun. Most closed their eyes altogether. One mother raised her hand, and the roar of the wind was so loud that no one heard the ice cubes clinking in her glass. *** The...

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