Earlier: S calls me from the airport, I act unaffected but I feel my heart racing as she speaks between breaths. It's the first time in months I hear her voice and I imagine it's changed somehow. "I have five bottles of Limoncello" she says excitedly. "What are you doing this weekend?"
Later she calls me again from her family's limo-like SUV her father sent to pick her up, and she tells me about how she's finally realized she has to start providing for herself and create her own life. It's so adorable I just want to cry.