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  • It was cold.

    Stanzin and I had been down this route every morning for the last week. He brought me breakfast, defrosted the plumbing, drove me around, took me to his secret spaces up here in the mountains near Leh, and helped me get people together to work for our assignment. We usually stayed quiet in the mornings, he sang under his breath. He saw me looking down at the frozen river at the bottom of the valley. A few metres on, he stopped the car.
    " Go.", he said.
    I raised my eyebrows, laughing.
    " You carry that camera every day. Now get off the car.
    Stay on this side of the valley. I'll come back in an hour. See that mountain over there.." he said, pointing in the distance, "Behind it is Nang, they get sunlight at 10 am in the morning everyday, 4 hours late", he laughed.
    "I'll blow my horn on my way back, and you wave me down, okay?"
    I nodded. We had spent so much time together working in the valley, never really having spoken about what we felt. He didn't even look up at me before he sped away in the jeep. I stepped back from the road. And wheeled around to stare at the white.

    Dedicated to all the people at Cowbird, your stories remind me of the immense white, the boundary-less, the explosive, the silent, the every day, the passing sun.
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