(03:14)System: User MrE is now ACTIVE.
(03:14)MrE: Hello, Erica. You're up early.
(03:15)MrE: So it is. Timezones have always confused me... but if they mean I can be here for you in what I can only assume is a moment of crisis, then they may be a godsend.
(03:16)MrE: Too dorky?
(03:16)MrE: That's a yes, then?
(03:17)MrE: What can I do for you?
(03:18)MrE: I'm sorry to hear that. You know I'm here to listen to anything you need to tell me.
(03:21)MrE: Luke broke up with you?
(03:22)MrE: Far more, I'm sure. What did he say?
(03:25)MrE: Are you sure he wasn't intoxicated?
(03:26)MrE: Do you have any idea what brought this on?
(03:28)MrE: Sonja and EntropyPhantom?
(03:29)MrE: Do you think he was jealous of them, somehow?
(03:30)MrE: You certainly were in a cheerful mood at the time.
(03:33)MrE: I'm not sure what you mean.
(03:34)MrE: Romance is hard, Erica. I went through seven relationships before I met your mother. We even broke up once for a time.
(03:37)MrE: I'm afraid I don't have much advise for you. That's just the human condition. Even with all our technology, all our science and social progression, we're still slaves to the same ancient neuroscience. Cold comfort, I know...
(03:39)MrE: I'm all ears.
(03:41)MrE: It's always difficult when two out of a larger group have a falling-out. I suggest you keep your distance when you're both online together, and trust that he will respect you the same way, and take things as they come. You'll find things calm down faster than you'd think.
(03:43)MrE: Any time. Is there anything else I can help you with?
(03:45)MrE: I think you should be concerned more with what you want to do for yourself.
(03:45)MrE: You already are.
(03:46)MrE: We may never agree on matters of faith, Erica. But if there is a heaven, your mother smiles at you from there. She loved you from the moment she saw you, and she would love who you have become all the more.
(03:48)MrE: No, it's not. It's normal to feel lost at a time like this.
(03:49)MrE: And, frankly, you're extraordinarily patient with people. You'll look past personal flaws that would send lesser souls running for the hills. That hardly reflects badly on you!
(03:50)MrE: That's the spirit!
(03:51)MrE: They wouldn't dare. Your old man might not be terribly active on the world domination front these days, but I can still throw down with the rest of them if it comes to it.
(03:51)MrE: Now you should get some sleep, my dear!
(03:53)MrE: Of course. Now sleep! You've got classes tomorrow!