“I’m sorry, Ugarte,” she said, to the doomed bird.
The name came to her while she rode. Ugarte, for the Casablanca character played by Peter Lorre. He’d been sacrificed by the writers to propel the story forward. Perhaps the sacrifice of this Ugarte would do the same for her story. It would have been a satisfying choice if not for the thought of an innocent creature’s blood on her hands. She put the lid on the box, unable to face the bird while thinking it.
“I’m sorry,” she said again. At least she had remorse.
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