Sometimes your friends surprise you.
Like Jodie. She once kept a rope in the back of her car.
"To hang myself."
"You must have been feeling desperate...what stopped you?"
"Mary. She was depressed too. We used to ring each other up every day. Then she suggested we go away together and commit suicide.
I like Mary but not enough to join her in a suicide pact. I gave the idea up after that."
"So what did you do?"
"I took up painting.:
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