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Friendship

The day they said we couldn’t be friends, I stood and argued for you, for us. No-one could tell me who I could or could not have as a friend, I’d said. I challenged them. Demanded reasons and defied their logic. I raged at them. I fought for you.


You chose a different path. To protect me, to save our friendship, you said. You denied me to them. You hid me, shrouded me in secrecy, made me invisible so that they would forget. But, they did not forget and I remain hidden, shadowed, not quite invisible, denied, but still your friend.

Friendship

Polite. Measured. Formal. His words immediately trigger alarm bells. They are not usually formally polite. Something is up but she knows better than to push now. So she replies in equally formal tone. He’ll know she’s onto him. Now she just has to wait. In a couple of hours she’ll try again, less formal, and see if the barriers are up, or maybe just unlocked and access possible.
Their friendship is a careful balancing act.

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