Grab tea and cookies. This may take you a while.

I can unzip the air and disappear inside it, and that's what I do until I'm far away from what happened. / 14

We bulge our eyes at each other. I bite my cheek not to laugh. Jude does too - she and me, we share a laugh switch. / 17

Jude can't stop missing Grandma. She hardly left her bedside at the end.When mom found them that final morning, one asleep, one dead, they were holding hands. / 18

Because I can see people's souls sometimes when I draw them, I know the following: Mom has a massive sunflower for a soul so big there's hardly any room in for her organs. Jude and me have one sould between us that we have to share: a tree with its leaves on fire. / 19

You forget that for the rest of us, art's just art, not religion. / 21

In heaven, during the day everybody talks in colors instead of sounds. / 24

When people fall in love, they burst into flames. / 24

Unlike most everyone else on earth, from the very first cells of us, we were together, we came here together. This is why no one hardly notices that Jude does most of the talking for both of us, why we can only play piano with all four of our hands on the keyboard and not alone. / 27

The Drowning Game goes like this: if Mom and Dad were drowning, who would we save first? (Me: Mom. Jude: depends on her mood.) And there's this other variation: If we were drowning, who would Dad save first? (Jude.) For thirteen years, Mom's stumped us. We had absolutely no idea who she'd dredge out of the water first. Until now. And without sharing a glance, we both know it. / 33