Curious as he was, the condor dropped down to Matica as usual, but he wouldn’t catch the food. Instead he passed her with an elegant swoop. It was as if a hurricane went over her. It also appeared to her as if the whole sky parted and let him through and that she was blown on the wind of the universe, that he was the wind. Such thoughts went through her mind in seconds, too fast for her to really grasp what was happening.
She missed several heartbeats as she watched the huge bird. Is this really happening? she thought. Then her heart started to thud as if a fist was banging against her chest from the inside.