You remember Rachael.
Your mother e-mails you the article about her. Missing Persons. Your mother asks if you've seen her, if you know where she might be, if you remember her.
You have not seen her, but you know where she might be.
And you remember her.
You had a crush on Rachael the entire time you were on the ward. She had a quick smile, but she was guarded where it counted. She could discuss her trauma history in a level voice, handwave it, and move on to the next topic, the next person. Whatever.
You would have disbelieved Kai right away if you hadn't seen Rachael's sketchbook.
She had it with her all the time; she only left it behind once, when she was unexpectedly called to the phone. You peeked, and a peek turned into a look, and she was grabbing it out of your hands before you could fully grasp the alien beauty on the pages - smooth clean lines and rich color, shapes that almost resolved into something recognizable, and a sense of longing that was by then terribly familiar.
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Ah shit. My wrist is flaring up. I have my Futuro wrap, which helps a bit, but I don't know where my rigid brace is - it's somewhere in my bedroom, where Adam is currently sleeping. *headdesk* Pardon me if some of these end up a little shorter, because my wrist is on icy fire.