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Sensory overloads hurts (it has always been a problem for Athena, her ears so sensitive she can’t cope in loud places even now, and as a child she would have a meltdown in noisy places without her bulky headphones and a stim toy to calm her down) and Athena dreads it happening.

But as long as she has Simon (a diligent friend in her youth who let himself get arrested to protect her, and, recently, a wonderful boyfriend), Athena knows she can cope.

Because a simple “Silence!” erupting from Simon’s mouth is enough to silence her overwhelming surroundings, letting her calm down again without the noise hurting her ears – and Athena will never cease to be grateful for this.