I wish I had a more educated and well written response but holy shit.
That was excellent and interesting and uncannily relatable and even though I’ve been up for four hours and it’s 4:32am I couldn’t stop reading. And re-reading. I wanted to highlight the whole thing.
I was so hopeful, yet un-eagerly waiting for the other shoe to drop, and alas, there it fell — unlike her smile though, which reminds me of what I often see when I look in the mirror on nights similar to Mel’s.
Thank you for sharing your gift and for making Mel come to life!