Q. What are you doing here?
A. What do you mean, what am I doing here? I’m here to answer your questions, as best I can.
Q. But didn’t you say you weren’t coming back until October?
A. I changed my mind.
Q. What made you change your mind?
A. There’s much less stress in my life now than there was when I made that decision.
Q. But didn’t you give me your word?
A. I did, yes.
Q. Then why are you breaking your word?
A. Are you really taking this game that seriously?
Q. What makes it a game?
A. Hmm – good question. I used the word “game” automatically, without really examining it first.
Q. Why do you think you did that?
A. There was a game on my mind. A game where we used to always give our words, and shake on deals, even though a lot of the times, those deals were broken.
Q. What game was that?
A. Do you really need to know?
Q. Why shouldn’t I know?
A. It’s privileged information.
Q. Am I not privileged?
A. You are not. And neither am I.
Q. Well, can you give me a clue?
A. Can we have a guessing game?
Q. Okay. Where did this game take place?
A. On the streets.
Q. Who did you play it with?
A. A bunch of other people who lived on the streets.
Q. What was the game called?
A. It was called the Game. Capital G.
Q. How long did you play the Game?
A. Three years. I began, to be honest, in July 2013. I stopped in June 2016.
Q. Do you have a photographic memory?
A. I’m not sure.
Q. What did the Game consist of?
A. Interactions with others based on monetary exchanges, supply and demand.
Q. Were you a merchant in the Game?
A. No. More like a customer.
Q. Why did you stop playing the Game?
A. Because I was no longer interested in the products that were being provided.
Q. Did you then begin to play another game?
A. I did not.
Q. Why not?
A. Because, as a dear friend once told me, I am not immortal – and life is not a game.
The Questioner is silent.
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