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Lucija has been run over, Mama says. Karlo will take me to

Trieste. Ballerina is coming with me.

I stand on tiptoe in the corner.


is standing in the door.

He doesn’t speak. He takes off his coat. His hat. He walks to

the window. I know what he’s doing. He’s looking at the

thermometer. It’s only ten, he says. Then he takes a pencil

from the top of the refrigerator. The pencil is always on top

of the refrigerator and he takes it now. He writes something

down. Mama says that he writes the temperature on a

calendar. Every day. Then he turns on the Grundig to listen

to the weather forecast. I know. Everyone is quiet then.

Sometimes not, because I sing, but


says nothing. He

turns off the radio and turns on the lights on the gondola.

And then he looks at the gondola. And falls asleep at the


He’s sitting now. I’m sitting, too. Karlo is looking at me. I

know he’s been in the woods. Mama says he guards the

woods so that they’re not cut down. Mama says he also

looks after the animals in the woods so that they’re not


Mama is changing me. Karlo is also changing.


is in the

kitchen. He’s sleeping with his head on the table, holding

his ear with his hand. I see him. From the hall. Mama

dresses me, the dress with the butterflies. Then the coat.

Let’s go and see Aunt Lucija, she says. I look at the