“You might try saving yourself”

There’s a sticker on the back of my laptop.  It’s a pixelated image of a figure running, like in an old video game.  It says “Hero.”

“Does it mean you’re a hero?” she asks me.

I’m a little distracted by her earrings, long feathery things.  The right one casts a twisted shadow on her neck.  But I know the answer.

“No,” I say.  “It is my hero.”

“But it’s just a picture,” she says quickly.  “It can’t save you.”

I nod, somewhat gravely, hoping she doesn’t mistake it for sadness.

“Exactly,” I say.

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