The bright summer heat fades to shattering crispness. We huddle in scattered clumps, shivering as the cold wind paints a blush of red across our faces.
All realize the end is near.
Some let go before their time, still supple with life, leaping into the great void beyond. But I am afraid. My skin has withered to a pale husk, exposing fragile skeletal veins, and I am no longer strong enough to hold on.
I let go.
With fearful exhilaration, I tumble into the vast emptiness and drift down to land among my brothers on the frozen ground, crackling with relief.
… only to be crushed underfoot by rushing pedestrians.