50 Reasons to Say Goodbye (2011)

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I drag myself from the depths of the sea and gasp for air. The siren still screams, no, not a siren, an alarm clock, no, a telephone … I fumble for it to my left. I try to say, “Allo.” Actually I say..., “Ahhharh …” My mouth is too sticky.
The voice is buzzing, electric, and shockingly awake. “It’s Robert. Did I wake you?”
I peer blearily at the red numbers on the alarm clock. “It’s seven,” I say vaguely. “It’s Saturday.”
He laughs at the other end of the line. “Sorry,” he says. “I’ve been thinking about you. Since last night.”
I don’t tell him that I also thought about him, just before I went to sleep. I say, “Uhuh.”
“Look, I’m going skiing today. Do you want to come?”
I cough to clear my throat and lift myself up onto one arm. “I … erh. I’m not sure,” I say.
Robert laughs. “I know you’re not,” he says. “But I’m not asking you to climb Everest – just come skiing. I hate skiing on my own. You do ski don’t you?”
I sigh.
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