“I asked Kassandra why she never talks,” said Annie.

“I bet she had a cryptic answer.”

“It’s how she talks, Bernie. And yes, she said that talking — hurt. And like you have to do with her, I asked her to talk about why it hurt, because if you ask her what she means she’ll just shut down. And she said it hurt because people don’t understand her when she talks.”

“That’s because she talks nonsense.”

“It’s not nonsense, it’s just — different. You have to make an effort to understand her. Most people don’t want to make the effort, so they ignore her, or walk away with an understanding that’s different than what she intended. She says the latter hurts more. She’d rather be silent than misunderstood.”

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