the library door opens and lexy half expects more bothersome pokemon after a precious library card
he is half right; it is a bothersome pokemon
he has forgotten what day it is until he sees the box she is holding
it will be the same as every other year, it is always the same every year
this year he cannot even feign gratitude or appreciation that she would think of him on his birthday
meanwhile, caldera ponders what it is like to remember having a birthday.
HAPPY TOMORROW BIRTHDAY