My mother always wanted to live near the water,” she said. “She said it’s the one thing that brings us all together. That I can have my toe in the ocean off the coast of Maine, and a girl my age can have her toe in the ocean off the coast of Africa, and we would be touching. On opposite sides of the world.

It is raining blood today.
I open my book and write “Black Lives Matter

I can’t lie. This-me and you-scares the shit out of me.”

I’d be worried if she weren’t frightened. “Me too, but wouldn’t you rather be scared together than
be miserable apart? Because I know that’s what I’d be without you.

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