"I felt like crying but nothing came out. It was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can’t feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then. But I think I have known it pretty often, too often."
it's austree not asstrid.
"well look who I ran into," crowed coincidence.
"please," flirted fate, "this was meant to be."