She climbed a tree and hunched.
We called: ‘please come down,’ but she stared over the rooftops to the wide world as if yearning to fly.
‘What shall we do?’ we whispered.
In the kitchen, we cut a wobbly doorstep from the fresh loaf and poured honey over.
‘It’s your favourite,’ we called, ‘just for you.’
Mummy turned. A moment passed. Then she climbed down and hugged us tight, bread and all.
She smiled a little, but tears mingling with honey, sparkled in her hair.
Under our kisses, her face was sticky and salty.
‘We’ll make it better,’ we said.
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