Magazine article The Antioch Review

How Utterly Still She Sat as She Was Saying It All

Magazine article The Antioch Review

How Utterly Still She Sat as She Was Saying It All

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How utterly still she sat as she was saying it all Anne thought and then Pi'ilani went on - There was so much talk and talk when I came out of the valley back to Kekaha the first time they had been talking ever since we had left and they believed themselves each of them telling something else that was nothing playing cards with their own stories that they said were us so the bets got big and they asked me one thing or another and I would not know what they had inside their heads that had been growing there while they knew nothing about us when we were in Kalalau talking to nobody except each other those years while day by day there were more things that we did not have to say or that we did not want to say again and what we said lasted - Did you see no one at all - Anne asked - After they were all taken out of the valley - Pi'ilani said - sometimes we heard voices sometimes maybe voices of people we had known sometimes calling our names sometimes talking about us but never seeing us they always sounded like echoes even when they were close to us and I have learned since that friends came looking for us at the beginning bringing food for us and clothes but they did not find us it was only our own voices that made no echoes -

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