“Easily possible.  But there’s two other possibilities.  It could be that I’m notlying to myself.  Let’s not forget that.  Another possibility is that it really is just me lying to myself, but that lie will become truth over time.  People all over this city feign confidence, and that becomes something concrete.  You can become the mask you wear on a day-to-day basis.”

Does that sound familiar, Taylor?

Something about that bothered me.  I spoke for the first time since Tattletale had declared her intentions.  “Seems kind of hollow.”

“Because it’s not a fairytale romance?  It’s not.  But I’ll tell you I enjoy her company, I trust her, I respect her, and I’m even attracted to her.  We’ve got a foundation, bug girl.  There’s nothing forcing us to stay together anymore.  Empire Eighty-Eight is gone.  We’re a pair because we want to be.  Right, O?”

That’s a good point.

Also, I like the nickname O for Othala, because it’s not just the first letter of her name. It is, in a sense, what her name means too.

…let’s also take a moment to appreciate that Lisa has turned this whole gang battle situation into a romance discussion. To get at Victor’s insecurities, but still.

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