Despite still feeling a touch pessimistic and slightly stressed, feelings which he had accepted were just not going to go away, Ernie felt much better for having talked to Susan. "Thanks Susan," he said, smiling, "It's brillinat to know that I have you all as the best friends anyone could ever want. You especially. Listening to me complain about life. I don't know how you do it, but I'm grateful that you're so amazing."
Ernie watched Susan for a moment, while she turned to look at the lake, turning toward where she was looking when she spoke again. "I just hope we don't need to find out," he replied.