"You must be very patient... First you will sit down at a little distance from me -- like that -- in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But you will sit a little closer to me, every day."
Fanny sits on the sofa, staring into space, completely broken, forever. Michelle heads back through the land as night falls. In the guesthouse, everything is small. Not really a mansion or a castle, not really a cave. There's a bathtub in the center of a room, kitchen off to the side. Little lamps everywhere. It's a plan. I guess this is also when she locates the decanter -- which looks, oddly, identical to Bill's -- and a bottle, because she's invigorated and once again ready to drink when she comes back to Fanny's.
Fanny: "Ugh. What are you doing now?"
Michelle: "I'm decanting a bottle of wine, and then we're going to drink it. And I will tell you the plan."
Fanny: "Should I start packing?"
Michelle: "At no point in this episode was that going to be the result of the plan. Just sit there and I will tell you how it's going to work."
Fanny: "And how long will this wine-decanting take?"
Michelle: "A very. Long. Time."
Michelle sits down, at a little distance from Fanny. She looks at her from the corner of her eye, and she says nothing. A little closer, every day.
The Fox gazed at the Little Prince, for a long time.
"Please -- tame me!" he said.
JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps Bunheads, for the time being although it is very hard to write about, Pretty Little Liars and True Blood for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook. IRL work appears in BenBella's SmartPop series of anthologies, and novelette "The Commonplace Book" will appear on Tor.com in October 2012.