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The light outside the main entrance to our building has gone out again. The heavy metal door swings wide as I pull a hat down over my ears. In the darkness there are maybe twenty teenagers standing still. My boot scrapes across the ground, slowing down. Their hands in pockets, shoulders hunched, I look for a space to pass between them. A voice appears, saying hello in English, with an obvious accent. I am all instinct, sayingpivyet as I pass, not looking back, wondering who said this. There was a boy that was an extra in Blackbetty that lives in our building, but he is too young, too short for it to have been him.

I look back, navigating the puddles in the street. It does not make any sense.

N is with V, making their way home. I meet them, pulling V into my arms as she chatters about her day, about dry leaves and princesses, about her grandmother's apartment and what she ate there. We are going back home, and I try to explain the odd collection that stands outside. As we pass th…

not now

i cannot write today. i want to, but there are much more important things going on right now. i cannot turn an elegant phrase this Monday. The phones are ringing all day, and I must answer them and solve some major issues as fast as possible. E is OK. N is OK. The cat is  - well, she always has a tough time. With luck I will write later in the week, for the first time. Or a double for next week. I promise.

OK, the phone is ringing.

And in my head a song is banging around...

I imagine a moment after this black and terrifying one I am in now, one where I can be silly.

Comments

Hey, got your email. And I totally understand! We'll send a really cool Christmas card when we get closer to the date! My girlz would love a Russian penpal!!
best!
julianne
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