"I'm going outside to say hello to everybody!" Inga yelled into the house as she shut the front door behind her. She brought her eyes softly out of focus (as she'd been taught) and saw them moving in the blowing snow...

He heard a faint honk in the distance. And then another, farther off, and still another (answering from the highway). In the cold and the dark, he just listened and challenged himself to believe it...