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  • We were already such comrades. On our first adventure walk together she showed me the dead shellacked mouse hanging from a string near the painting department. We walked to the rich men's leisure outlet and bought an empty cigar box and delivered the mouse to one of our studiomates. Yes, she and I were studiomates. Frequently we would finish each others drawings when the going got tough. I was bad at drawing shoulders and she was bad at drawing knees.

    I was completely enamored with everything about Rite. She was small, mysterious, didn't speak much and her sneezes sounded like startled chipmunks. She wore a different colored apron everyday and turned all her assignments in on time with a flawless perfection. All school papers were tapped from her typewriter. She was proud that she didn't even have an e-mail address. (In 2005!)

    Rite lived two floors directly above me and I wanted more of her. I told her so. We devised a message system with rope and a basket. But the basket was flimsy and the gifts we would send each other tumbled out. Rite went to the bank and stole the money capsule.

    Neither of us had had loves before, so what came next was a romantic experiment in the spirit of jest. (I think?) We became each other's true dove and I've kept all the letters. I have more to add to this story. -END OF INTRODUCTION-
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