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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ‘NISTA

Once upon a time, or about seven years ago, through the magic of fanfiction (and leaving reviews!!), @w0rdinista and I struck up a friendship. We bonded over a lot of things: Harry Potter, Dragon Age, writing, books, grammar (what, it’s a thing). In those days, when things were all happening over on LiveJournal, we managed to run up comment strings hundreds of messages deep. Later that year, we met in person for the first time–laughed a lot and ate a lot of baked goods and rode a rollercoaster twice in a row–and, quite frankly, there’s been no looking back.

I had to really think just now to figure out how many years it’s been, because the truth is, I feel like Kara has always been part of my life. She is kind and generous and loving and she makes really great lemon brioche. We have a thousand jokes between us, to the point where virtually any random thing can start us laughing. There’s no one I’d rather sing Hamilton with in the car or spend a lazy Sunday watching movies with. There’s no one else I can imagine writing novels with. Kara’s the person I can call, say, “Talk me off this ledge,” or “Tell me I’m being an idiot,” or “Tell me things are going to be okay,” and she’ll do her damnedest to help, even if help is just saying, “I love you, friend,” or, more pointedly, “Tara, are you PMSing?” (It’s legit.)

I’m glad I don’t have to think about what my life would be like if I’d never met her. We may not share any blood, but she is my sister in every way that matters. (We may or may not have acquired the Angelica and Eliza t-shirts to prove it. ;D)

Today is Kara’s birthday. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am that she was born <3

Kara, my sister, my friend, I love you so much. Thank you for… everything–for laughter, for challenge, for kindness, for hope, for friendship, for joy, for sharing your animals and making me welcome in your home, for your vulnerability, for having a super husband who is also one of my dearest friends (best 2-for-1 ever). Most of all, thank you for letting me be the truest version of myself (even on those rare occasions when we don’t see eye to eye!). You are the bestest bestie a girl could dream of.

See you in a couple of days! We have a book to finish and Hamilton to belt and Cards Against Humanity to make us hysterical. (To say nothing of the drinks to drink and food to eat and allllll the laughing.) <3

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