‘Were I to die first, would you grieve for me?’

I am not satisfied with my understanding of the reasons we give when we are grieving. So I begin again, this time with an intimation.

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We are speaking of our deaths.

‘Were I to die first, would you grieve for me?’ Aleksandra is speaking.

‘Yes,’ I reply.

For a while, I say nothing. Then I go on: ‘I would have to figure out why I was still living.’

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