William Vincent


Dear Ann,

I've come back to New York.

Some years ago you

asked me about myself.

"What are you doing,"

you asked

I didn't answer then

but I want to now.

When you've read this letter,

if you wanna come away

with me

if you want me to take you

from here, tell Victor

you can trust him.

He'll find me.

I'll start somewhere

near the beginning.

William is not my name.

A few years before I met you

I was returning from a place

I'd always wanted to visit.

Japan. I was transferring

in San Francisco

to a flight home.

Once I was back on the plane

I asked if I could go back

to the boarding area

because I had left

a book there.

By the time I found my book,

the gate had closed

so I sat and read my book

until the plane took off

without me.

I decided to take the long

bus ride across the country

to my home

in Connecticut,

just outside of New York.

Several hours into the trip

I heard on the radio

that the plane I missed

had crashed into a mountain.

I closed my eyes and slept.

The next day I learned

that they had not been

able to recover any bodies.

The plane and all

the passengers had been

incinerated on impact.

I got off the bus

in New York and decided

to stay for a while.

I realized that

for all anyone knew

I no longer existed.

For no particular reason

without really

thinking about it

I bought a passport

under the name

of William Vincent.

I took a class

and learned a trade

and got a job

editing nature videos

for use in the schools.

I think that's

what they're used for,

I'm not really sure.

I managed to find

an empty storefront

to live in

in a neighborhood

in Chinatown not far

from the East River.



From "They can hover

in midair."

They can hover in midair

by rapidly flapping

their wings

They can fly backwards

and are the only group

of birds

able to do so.

They can also

stop in midair.

Hummingbirds are continuously

hours away from starving

to death

and are able to store

just enough energy

to survive overnight.

Hummingbirds are capable

of slowing down their

metabolism at night

or any other time food

is not readily available.

They enter

a hibernation-like state

known as torpor.

During torpor, the heart rate

and rate of breathing

are both slowed dramatically

the heart rate to roughly

reducing the need for food.

The most astonishing

quality of hummingbirds

is their ability

to broadcast color.

Hummingbirds radiate

like hot coals in the sun.

The color

that reaches your eye

is created by pigment

which absorbs some

colors and rejects others.

Like soap bubbles

hummingbird's color

comes from iridescence,

not pigment.

It winks on and off

depending on the light source

and the angle of the viewer.

That's a nice dress.

Where'd you get it?

It's a kimono.

I know it's a kimono.

I like it.


You know you don't

wanna f*ck with me, right?

Of course I do.

Of course you do.

So he says, " Hey,

you're right, but

"can we actually

do that, like

"who's in charge

of this project,

you know

"and I'm

like, listen

"if some noise needs

to be made, I will

make the noise.

Okay? All right?"

And he says,

"Whoa, Jason, whoa."

I'm like, whoa

what, Ted?

The problem

with Ted is,

he doesn't get it.

He's like,

pretty much like,

I can name off

three or four executives

in this company alone

who in a few

months are gonna be

redoing their resume

and who do you think

they're gonna ask to take

one of those offices?

But, I think that comes from

I've done a lot of meditation

over the years. I have to.

You would think that

in, like, the cutthroat

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