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‘Are you okay?’

‘I think I am.’

‘Why so silent then?’

‘Because reality has arrived again.’

‘It never really left, darling.’

‘There was an illusion of its distance.’

‘You can still hide if you wish.’

‘But in a new land, it is justified.’

‘Not in the one you inhabit?’

‘Nope. Now I am forced to go back and face it all.’

‘It won’t be so bad. We haven’t been gone that long.’

‘But my heart sinks as the day draws near.’

‘Just take it one day at a time. Not too fast. Not too slow.’

She nodded, solemnly, though she didn’t seem convinced.