A Cure for the Lonely

 Once upon a time a lonely woman befriended the stars. 

    It was a hard task, made of long nights filled with ready attention and warm streams of one-way conversation. There were intensive glances filled with yearning, and cheerful banter. Deep thoughts, delightful propositions. And persistence.

    At long last the stars spoke back.

    They were not the usual sort of friend, for they spoke of time, the universe, and the true meaning of infinity. After they had spoken so, the woman sat, and thought, and pondered. 

    And for a while after, she was far from lonely.

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