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  • At some point I must have said I liked orchids. Many years later, he bought me some from the supermarket. To say sorry, to patch up a quarrel. They died soon after, and he scolded me for not looking after them properly.

    I did not have the heart to tell him that I prefer orchids in the wild. That I don't have green thumbs. And that my favourite flower is the white lilac, because it blooms, flowers and fades within three weeks.
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