He tries to sit up again but they motion for him to relax, just relax. They huddle so close to him that he knows they are all safe. Light blows in through one of the windows, across their faces, bleaching their skin and hair yellow. So bright they're almost invisible. "Katherine? Are you still there?" "Yes, I'm here. Go ahead." "I was saying we'll be home before Labor Day. Did you hear that? They said we'll be home by Labor Day." "Don't tease me like that." ''I'm serious. They told us yesterday." "I'm serious, too. You're going to make me cry." "Didn't I tell you? Didn't I say I'd be home before Christmas for sure? And now by Labor Day - can you believe it?" "You also said they wouldn't send you over there." "Don't think like that." "I know, but I don't want to get too excited." "It's okay to be excited. We're all excited. I was thinking about surprising you, but I couldn't keep it a secret." ''I'm glad you told me." "They said we'll get a month off, maybe more. Recovery time." "I can't think that far ahead. You realize that, don't you? I can't think past today. I'm going crazy." "Are you okay? What's wrong?" "I just can't stop crying." "What if we took a long vacation? We'll go on that trip we always talked about." "What trip?" "To China." "China? I don't want to think about any trips right now. I'm going crazy." "Wait for me to get home before you start going crazy." "It's too late- listen to me, I can't stop crying." "Don't worry, okay. Just a couple more weeks and I'll be home and you can cry all you want." "Just let me cry right now, -while you're on the phone." 1!'
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