"Who is this?"
"Lainey. It's me. It's Elisabeth."
"Elisabeth? Elisabeth! Oh my God, Elisabeth!" I heard the clamber of her picking up the receiver; she'd had me on speakerphone in her mom’s kitchen. Then I heard her say something to a squealing child.
"Elisabeth, where are you? What are you doing? Are you alive? You're alive!"
I pulled the phone away from my ear for a few seconds, because she was suddenly shouting.
"Yes, Lainey. Yes, I am."
Then, she grew quiet.
"Elisabeth, we thought you were gone," she whispered. I could hear Lainey's muffled sobs in the receiver, and she kept repeating one thing:
"You're alive, Lis. I can't believe you're here."...
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