Do you ever feel lonely? What brings on this feeling?
“Of course I do. I think everyone does sometimes, no matter how full your life is, or how much you’re loved. But when I feel lonely now, it’s nowhere near like it was. That was… emptiness - and this isn’t even remotely close to the same thing.
But it just comes when it comes, really. There’s no definitive catalyst for it; nothing anyone does, or doesn’t do, to set it off. Sometimes it’s because Ephram and Ruby have each worked a fifty hour week and I miss them; sometimes it’s because I miss aspects of the way my life used to be that are gone now; or because my darlings have so many things in common that I can’t share with them, and I feel a bit like the odd man out…
But it’s not a feeling that’s common, or one that lingers anymore.
And it’s certainly not anything worth complaining over. I mean, come on, mate, even I’m not that bloody ridiculous.”