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Helen watched the men elbowing a path towards them. “You gave me up. Again.”

Nick sipped his coffee. “You’re hard to trust, Helen.”

“That’s a big mistake.”

“It’s always a ‘big mistake’. We’re so ignorant and you’re so wise. So why, Helen, haven’t you ever tried just telling us whatever the Hell it is you know?”

Helen looked sad. And just as the sedative in his coffee took effect, Nick understood.

“I have. It never works.” Slipping from her seat, she murmured into a tape-recorder (“Attempt thirty-seven: failure”) and headed for the anomaly outside.