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A Flock of Leaves
by Hermine Robinson

"I feel fine," says my mother. "I'm sure I could have driven myself home from the dentist. It's just country roads."

"You were legally impaired, Mom."

"Yes, but it's such a lot of fuss for you to come out here just to drive me home after a little bit of dental work."

"You had dental surgery, Mom, with sedation."

"I didn't feel a thing."

"That was the point of the sedation."

"Well, I'm awake now. And I could have driven home just fine."

"Do you even remember the drive home?"

"I remember the leaves."

"What leaves? There weren't any leaves."

"Yes there were. They blew across the road and scared the dickens out of me."

"Do you mean the birds? The ones that nearly flew into us near the wetlands?"

"Yes, that's what I meant. Silly me. There was a flock of leaves near the wetlands," said Mom. "See, Dear, I told you I was fine to drive."