Knowing The Territory
When you know a place well enough even subtle changes can be clues to big changes. This is a level of perception that rubs up against magic. Getting there just takes time, and a willingness to see.
Today it was the paper wrappers on the too well formed muffins in the cafés display case. They hadn't had those muffins in a long while. Not since they brought on a full time baker of their own.
She left this morning. Whether by choice or not: not my business to know.
The second I saw those paper wrappers I knew something was up.