“Thanks to you, Universe, I avoided a catastrophe of unspeakable proportion today. There’d been an explosion right here in my neighborhood, and I would have missed it, but for that speed bump you so thoughtfully provided. As I slowed to cross it, a lilac flash pierced my peripheral vision.
I may have suffered a mild whiplash, snapping my head to discover the source of the intrusion. Agape, I think I abandoned my car right there, straddled atop the hump. The next thing I remember with any clarity is falling to my knees to behold the purple profusion of the jacaranda tree, that one tucked behind the church on the corner. While I’ve seen plenty of jacarandas in my time, I’d never truly seen one before today.”
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