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I found it. The trail grandma told me about before she died. I didn’t think it was real.
The trees haven’t changed color since 2034. Grandma said autumn was back. The autumn of her childhood. Grandma showed me photos of forests. Red, orange, purple, yellow, gold, and brown. I haven’t seen that in my lifetime. Trees are green. Or dead. Or gone.
But the trail is here. One row of orange trees. Defying what has happened in decades past. Grandma said there was autumn. She longed to bring it back, but she couldn’t tell me anything else. She marched down the trail last October and never returned.
So, here I am. No one found her. Investigations for an entire year and no one knows. I think they’re lying.
I didn’t tell anyone I’m here. Or that I’ve packed my backpack full of enough food to get me through the winter. Autumn is back and Grandma isn’t gone.
It’s me and Grandma’s dog, Goose. If we can’t find her, no one will.
Well… it’s me, Goose, and that tall man holding a shovel near the end of the trail.
Teacher, reader, tea drinker, and dog mom.