he. he wouldn’t say goodnight.

he didn’t.

he said, “I’m getting ready for bed,” and Paul listened, and Paul didn’t need to say anything. Aleksandr got ready for bed.

Paul dithered to his own toiletry bag in the living room, examined the vials and tubes as one having discovered them new, but Paul didn’t see much importance in doing anything with them. Paul didn’t prepare for bed; sleep came or it didn’t and usually it didn’t.

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