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And we all look in the direction Karlo, Albert and his


should come. I don’t know. I’ve never seen his


, she hasn’t been in our kitchen yet so that I could

see her.

Mama says she had long red hair, that she was very

beautiful and that she’s called Ida. She told me this once by

the window as she looked toward Mount Čaven and Angel

Mountain, which is hers and hers only, she says.

I hear a car. The others hear it too. I see.


takes a step

forward, adjusts his hat, Mama adjusts her skirt, Josipina

wipes the dust off her shoes and Srečko once more wipes

his forehead. I see his eyes are sparkling, Srečko’s.

The car is here. Albert, my brother steps out, Ida, his


, follows him. They both have a lot of dry leaves on

their clothes because in the car driven by Karlo there’s

always a lot of dry leaves. I know this from when he drives

me to Elizabeta’s and he opens the window and the leaves

twirl around me. Karlo says: It’s draughty. I’ll close the


Karlo is smiling. So are Albert and Ida. They walk toward

us. They are coming closer. Now they are here.



Albert. They hold on to each other firmly.


cries. Then

he isn’t crying any more. Then Albert goes to Mama and

kisses her. He caresses her gray hair and her face and holds