Girls in fairy tales rarely have friends. Some have sisters, but then it’s more important that they are sisters: twinned or triplicate, mirrored, fractured. Many have helpers: sub- or superhumans with no lives of their own.
That is what I mean by friends: lives in parallel. Perhaps fairy-tale heroines are not permitted to have friends because then they would be less than original, or because friends would mean unchastity, deliberate daring.
But you and I are not heroines, are we? We depend on these parallel lives to get us through. My breadcrumb trail is news of you.
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