Tonight, it is an owl that greets him there.
It almost flies away but he walks up to it slowly enough, becoming more saturated with the rain by each flat and careful step. He wants to reach out and touch it, to pet the beige feathers. The giant owl turns its head completely sideways to look at him and his cheerful blond hair. The owl eyes are on a vertical axis, with the head bent so. They are yellow. They blink.
But no one will know it. Everyone who lives in Naryway forgets everything overnight, every night.
Tantra Bensko is the author of Lucid Membrane (2011) and Collapsible Horizon (2012). She teaches Experimental Fiction and Fiction Writing through UCLA Extension Writers College. In 1989 she was awarded an MFA from the University of Iowa. She lives in Berkeley, California.