That was a happy night when we both said “I love you,” followed by a less happy night when he clarified that he didn’t want to do long distance and asked if I’d move to Yemen.
I couldn’t believe he was asking me to move to a country I knew little about except for from that one Friend’s episode.
Whether a work of cipher genius or loopy madness, it is hard to deny it is one of those rare cases where the truth is many times stranger than fiction.
They call it “separation maintenance allowance.” So we decided it would be financially prudent (least romantic term ever) to get married right then and he got a few day of leave to “tie up loose ends” as he called it.
The only problem was, I had a road trip planned with my best friend out West.
Its last four hundred years of history can be squeezed into eight bullet points (My opinion (which you can take or leave) is that if we put more palaeographic effort into reading the VMs’ marginalia, we would very probably improve on this unsatisfactory situation.
For example, I believe that the top line of f116v says “por le bon simon s(int)…“, and that this was possibly even written by the original author.