Kuri: Where have you been?
Me: Traveling. You had exemplary care.
Kuri: You left. Then you came back and then you left again.
Me: I picked up some wonderful stories, some great new mythologies, and some fantastic pictures.
Hiyu: You didn’t have our permission.
Loki: What’s more fantastic than us?
Me: You’re all fantastic.
Hiyu: The dog isn’t well and you left for almost a whole month.
Kuri: I’m glad your laptop broke. That’ll teach you.
Loki: I’m not glad. I like to snuggle with the laptop. It’s warm.
Me: I’m back now. Laptop is being fixed. Dog is being taken care of.
Hiyu: I think she’s really sick.
Me: I know.
Loki: Where did you go?
Me: Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Palm Desert, New York City.
Me: One has to live life if one wants to write about it.
Loki: So where are all the pictures?
Me: After I get the laptop fixed. Then I will have lots of stories to tell.
Hiyu: What about the dog?
Me: She’s very old. She’s my top priority now.
Hiyu: That’s fair. For now.
Me: Thank you.
Kuri: I’m glad you’re back.
Loki: Me too.
Me: And I’m glad to be back.