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Sitting in the restaurant it felt strange that the rest of the world continued on while their lives were so out of control. Aly watched as lovers held hands and smiled at each other over meals, people celebrated birthdays and families joined together for happy occasions. She found their joy to be powerful and attractive. She eagerly clapped and sang along as the servers carried a cake to a nearby table, singing Happy Birthday as they went. She hoped it would spark something inside her, some fleeting moment of enjoyment but only a deep numbness filled her, protecting her from the other darker feelings that shared space. She looked at Andrew and caught him staring at Tanner’s wheelchair and tapping his fingers on his cast absent-mindedly. Both served as a visual reminder of the scars healing inside them all.