after a day or two of not sleeping yet, i got on the bus to go home, and ephemeral_ether was on the bus. the first empty row of seats was right in front of hers. we sort of asked each other how things were going, and both made faces as if to say, yeah, right, like we could say anything useful about two or three years of life in this unexpected, brief encounter on a bus. or should. and also to say, ha! it's you! isn't that just like the Universe to be random like that!