Napalm and Johnathan will be bantering for hours. Adam and Tessa make small talk. But Lyric is silent, always silent. She watches, smiles, but she seems incapable of speaking any more than she has to.
It's not something you'd notice at first, of course. Who notices lack of speech? But once you've noticed, you can't not be aware of it, and it gets to feeling kinda eerie.
I wish she'd say something. Anything. "Can we stop at McDonalds?" "Gee, it looks like rain." Anything. You can't know someone who's silent. But maybe she prefers it that way.
I start as she touches my arm, and it's clear that I've thought this too loud, that she's caught it. She smiles softly and says, "My silence is my self-defense."
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