1. a remote or sparsely settled region : a barren or frontier region. 2. an ideal or imaginary place or region. 3. an illusory existence.

I stood near the corner, frozen in my spot. I waited. It was silent. There were no people walking or riding bicycles or driving cars. Where was everyone? There was not even a breeze. Then, to my relief, I saw a hummingbird hover in the air. He seemed to stare at me for a second before darting off and disappearing, the way hummingbirds do.


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