The little girl, Liz, and Declan climb the tree, settling in with the birds. One shakes its feathers, sending some specks of dirt flying, and one of the specks hits Liz's forehead. It's red.
"The bird!" I shout. "There was blood on its feathers - "
Liz screams before I can finish. It's a very specific type of scream, one I've heard lots of times before, and one I had hoped to never hear again.
Vinyl and Emma start shouting at Declan to jump, holding out their arms, promising to catch him. But the boy has frozen. He stares at the people on the ground, then at Liz, who is shuddering and frothing, shaking as she clings to the tree, her eyes rolling madly in their sockets.
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