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  • You did not come to see me sing that evening. That was one of the nights we weren't together. I think you had ended things a few days prior, for reasons I cannot recall. In any event, you did not come to see me sing. I was a tenor for the first time in my life; I had been a baritone up until then, but the choral director needed more tenors, and I could hit the high notes.

    I sang in a Lutheran church somewhere in the 7th arrondissement, near the Ecole Militaire. We rehearsed there one, maybe twice. It was a one night show. We sang Russian liturgical music; it was cold in there, but the sound was something else. I don't recall having many people in the audience. You were going to be there when we were together, but since we were not together on that particular evening, you were not there.

    And you were not there afterwards, when a bunch of the singers, and a small crowd of our friends from the university went out to a bar close to our school, on the street adjacent to this photo. You were not there when we smoked and drank, and danced with one another, and I tried to be happy, and I tried to be faithful to you. And I was faithful to you, even though we were not together.

    You sent me a text wishing me a happy birthday. I read it as I took the stairs down into the metro towards the end of the evening. We'd be back together a day or two later. The threats that things were over again not far behind.
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