A few of your online friends invite you to play a game with them, but the prospect of having to talk, let alone cooperate with other people seems incredibly unpleasant. Sure, you're having a hard time lately and have motivation issues, but are you really //in need of therapy//? \n\n//"So... are we ok? You'd like to be doing more with your life, [[as would your parents|family]], but you're still in the process of figuring out what that means and how to go about it.\n\nYou are also dealing with motivation issues that sometimes makes dealing with these things difficult. You withdraw entirely and<> outside of work your only interaction with another living creature is with your cat.<> outside of work, you don't leave your apartment.<> It's going to take you a long time to get over her, but in the moments that you feel a brief clarity of mind, you take a small comfort in hoping that she can find someone who is better for her now.\n\n[[Next.|familyChristmas]]\n\n<>, <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>\n\n//"I don't...// you start, unsure of how to phrase how you're feeling in a way that doesn't hurt her. <>As you converse, she walks around your place, and you get the distinct impression that you're being "inspected. \n\nYou go into the kitchen and pour the two of you drinks, trying to focus on letting go of your bad mood. However, all that drinking accomplished was making you even more tired and unfocused, and you stick to your girlfriend for the rest of the night, staying fairly quiet in group conversations.\n\nLater that night, as the two of you are both tipsy and dozing off, Alex cuddles up to you and lightly slurs //"I'm really glad you turned up tonight. We realize it may not be the most enjoyable game you've ever played, or even the easiest, and we sincerely appreciate your involvement.\n\nIf you would like to contribute to the developers and to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, click here to do so.\n\nLike depression itself, //Depression Quest// does not have an end really. Honesty is the best policy, right?|tellbossTruth]]\n[[2. \n\nA couple of seconds of silence pass as neither of you are sure of what to say from there. You're just a sadsack.//<>\n\nBefore you can bring yourself to hang up, you're listening to the jarringly chipper voice of the receptionist. \n\nThough you're laying in bed with her, you feel completely alone as you spend another hour or two wide awake and full of self loathing, berating yourself for being such a coward.\n\n[[Next.|stayingatHome]]\n\n<>, <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>\nYou dial Alex, who picks up after only two rings. Make plans regardless of your embarrassment.|makePlans]]<>
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