30% of Babje’s human population:
Finally, it was time to part. Sasha and Liouba were to take the morning train from Spirovo to Moscow and I was heading to St.Petersburg to catch the train to Helsinki and then fly to the Childhoods 2005 conference in Oslo which began on the 29th of June.
Makar stayed up late. Shortly before it was time to head to Spirovo after midnight for my train from Moscow to St. Petersburg he asked:
“So, you’re leaving?”
“Yes,” I said.
“And I won’t see you when I wake up?”
“No,” I said. “But I will come back.”
“Too bad you’re leaving,” he said. “I had merriness with you once upon a time.”