“The Birds In Your House” was published in Stanford Magazine.
So, let’s take inventory for this night’s adventure. You do have a change of clothes and a toothbrush, etc., and a book about futuristic sensitive vampires. Your mom has the same, except hers is a book about a woman who hiked the coast of Italy with a blind dog. The dog’s name was Paco. “C’mon Paco!” says the woman, a lot, in the book that your mom has brought. Your new house has a yard out back, so there is the possibility of a dog in your future, though you’d prefer a llama.