“I can’t stay,” Michelle said.
“Time to move on?” Julia confirmed while noting that the sun was getting scarce.
“No, I’m done,” Michelle said just as her eyes teared up.
Julia pushed herself off the tree and sat with Michelle. Her presence might provide a measure of comfort, but the hiker broke out in tears. The distraught woman then reached for Julia.
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