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  • "Tell me about yourself though, what stage of your life are you in?"
    "I was at school and I didn't enjoy it and so I ran away."
    "I didn't enjoy school either. The academics didn't really stick with me."
    "What did you do?"
    "I left for three years after my first year."
    "And then you went back?"
    "I was ready to go back. I promised my mother I would and so I kept that promise. To be honest it was the best thing I ever did."
    "Going back?"
    "Haha, no! Leaving. When I returned I had more of a focus but taking that time off set me on a different course. I wouldn't be standing here in front of you or have done all the things that led me here otherwise."
    "Wow. That is a relief."
    "Tell your parents that the precedent has been set already."

    It is a slower start than usual and batteries are expensive and the whale hasn't returned. There are more dances and the Norwegians teach us about healthy ducks and industrially oppressed ducks and sending oil tankers back. There are songs and performances and it feels that all these points are converging and my hunt for the deathly hallows is coming to a close. Walking on a canal is lovely with my friend who has a top hat and the one who does not. These chocolate chip pancakes are delicious and so is the poutine and the milkshake.

    "What sort of friends are you?! Not letting me use my tripod to photograph this beautiful moment."
    "Friends who care about you experiencing it."

    Let me listen to you play the banjo before I sleep, please, and hear about you wanting to make robots, and the story of the man who was decapitating people on the Greyhound.
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