…the day after Halloween. Am eying X’s candy with gleaming eyes and looking over my shoulder on my morning walk, noticing the trees are losing their orange and red-flecked leaves. We’re tucking int one another for Winter. Locking the door with the deadbolt. Fwomp. I’m fluffing up my wings and feathering my nest, lighting candles and making an extra pot of coffee. My nose is runny now on my morning walk and my hands are stuffed into my pockets instead of swinging by my sides. This is it.