“And she told you things about a life belonging to someone else, someone she loved. You took each and every word and placed them gently in that void in your mind, in that empty place behind your first memory. You tried to fill that empty with memories, just to see what it felt like, but those memories and stories belonged to someone else, a stranger. And there, under red lights and invisible stars, you longed to be that stranger, in that life, loved.

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