Q. What’s happening now?
A. You again?
Q. Why do you ask?
A. You left me alone last Tuesday. Why couldn’t you leave me alone now?
Q. Am I that much of a bother?
A. Never mind.
Q. What’s on your mind? Why are you being so weird?
A. You know what Tuesdays are like.
Q. Aren’t they usually your busiest, most stressful day?
Q. Then why aren’t you always so weird, every single Tuesday?
A. You know the answer to that.
Q. Something about the election?
A. That, and a general sense of powerlessness.
Q. What do you do when you feel powerless?
A. Me? Well, ordinarily, I think of positive things.
Q. Can you think of any?
A. On this day? I’m hard-pressed. Within forty-eight hours, irrespective of the outcome of the election, it will be end of life as we know it.
Q. May I quote you on that?
A. Please spell my name right.
Q. Where have we heard this before?
A. Heard what before? About spelling my name right?
Q. No no – where have we heard you say your quote about the outcome of the election?
A. Oh – I said it once before. I said it earlier this morning.
Q. To whom?
A. I believe it was to Sally Hindman, the director of Youth Spirit Artworks.
Q. What had she said to you?
A. She said “We will get through this.”
Q. And then what did you say?
A. I said: “Within forty-eight hours, irrespective of the outcome of the election, it will be the end of life as we know it.”
Q. Is that all you said?
A. No – I added something else.
A. I said: “But you’re right. We will get through this. For we are the Human Race.”
Q. Do you believe that?
A. We’ve gotten through everything so far. The Human Race has an uncanny ability to pull itself together just in the nick of time. We’ve done it throughout history. We may bicker and procrastinate until it’s down to the wire — but when we need to, we pull together.
Q. What about now?
A. What about it?
The Questioner is silent.
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