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the boys are back in town, but not only has the town been irreversibly changed, so too have the boys. the boys can never truly return to town.

@FirstProgenitor the boys are as a river, ever changing, turbulent. the boys have been gone for ages

@FirstProgenitor the boys cannot be brough back, no matter how much we may wish for it

"Remember us as we were" - the boys

@FirstProgenitor you can return the boys to town, but you can never return town to the boys

@kat @FirstProgenitor the town and the boys, strangers to one another forevermore

@magicalmilly the boys have seen hardship that only a long, perilous journey can provide

@FirstProgenitor @magicalmilly except Jessica. she did not become a man. (not a joke. it's representation)

@FirstProgenitor the boys who are no longer boys, are back in town, that is longer the same town.

@FirstProgenitor
the boys, now men, sip overpriced coffee in the cafe that stands where their favorite watering hole once did

what has become of our town during our absence? they wonder

the waitress, who remembers fondly the boys of old, observes these men, world-weary and mirthless

what has the world wrought upon my boys while they were gone? she ponders

@FirstProgenitor
"You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been." -Ursula LeGuin, The Dispossessed

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