One at a Time

The Halloween party was an elaborate affair that Peter Herring’s old college roommate, Bobby Caruso, and his family threw every year. Bobby, his parents, and his siblings all had their friends to their grand Short Hills home, less than an hour outside New York City. Peter and Anna decided to go as Dorothy and the Scarecrow after discovering that another couple was going as Alice and the Mad Hatter, which had been their first choice.

Peter came up with the idea one day as they walked to the subway, shuffling through fallen leaves. Dappled sunlight peeked through the tree branches. That morning there was frost on the sidewalk and car windows, and Anna savored the clarity of the air in Brooklyn. Days like that were her favorite part of fall.

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