She left me! She’s gone. Packed up. Drove off. Away. Left me. Here. At home alone with Ella. I can’t believe it. I am stunned. Confused. Bewildered. Flummoxed. Confounded. How can this be? That she went back to dog camp without me. Up to those tall pines and fresh air and that lake, that Lake Tahoe without me, with her pillow. I am going to wait, right here, at the window. Maybe it’s a mistake, a mirage, a dream, a movie. She never leaves me. Maybe she just forgot me. Maybe I misunderstood. Maybe, just maybe . . .