Ficlets Farewell Party Challenge (pt 22)

“Well, there’s a lot that you guys have to look forward to. Computers, cell phones, iPods, and… a bit more tolerance. After all, a lot can change in nearly two decades,â€? BernerO said, with a good-natured positivity.
“I’m glad of that,â€? Essie replied, smiling.
“What are we waiting for? Let’s eat! I’m starved!â€? Sam declared.
At the table, we continued to chatter amiably over supper. We all talked as if we had known each other for years. In way, I believed we had. Essie had always been a part of me. We mingled with some of the other characters as well, and I met a few new ones.
But I knew that something was unsettled. I stared at Casimir’s empty plate, and that was all the evidence I needed. He was too skinny. Curse me for being so in love with scrawny guys.

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