[NetBehaviour] No one knew this was going to happen.

Zak Qlikman gishel.sim at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 16:44:09 CET 2022

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"I thought s/he was inside?"
"You shouldn't go blaming yourselves."
"How's s/he doing?" s/he asks, just because s/he is worried.
"Nothing different," Shaklyn 2 answers. "S/He's still out cold."
"Really? It's our fault."
"No one's blaming you," says Shaklyn 2. "Shaklyn 1 wouldn't."

S/He turns around again and walks back into the house with Shaklyn 2
following closely behind. S/He turns to the others and looks them straight
in the eyes.

"I feel awful about all this," s/he says, sitting down and putting their
head in their hands. "I feel like it's my fault."
"You saved them after Shaklyn 2 brought them back out."
"Look, I just wanted to tell you..." Am I really going to do this?
"...thank you." There. I said it. No use backing down now, so I
continue, "You... you were so calm, and I needed that. We . . . I was
panicking. If it weren't for you, we would be having Shaklyn 1's funeral
right about now."
"I've been a jerk of a cousin to them, though," s/he says. "Their whole
life they've been a jerk. The only time I actually treat them like family,
or even a friend, is when their life is in danger."

"That's true," I say, "but it doesn't have to be true. Weather you accept
it or not, thank you. I don't know what I would have done without you."

S/He turns to them and smiles. They smile back, but then they hear Shaklyn
1 's voice from inside the house.

They walk through the doorway, and cry out in unison, "Shaklyn 1! "


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