"Beautiful place, Mars," Boyfriend remarked offhandedly. "I own a subterranean Time Share near the Capitol."

I simply goggled. "Excuse me . . . Are we talking about Mars, as in Mars . . . the fourth planet from the sun?"

I'm sitting here discussing inter-dimensional portals and the merits of an on-time planetary shuttle service with a talking cat. This entire experience is surreal.

I sat there, mind reeling, struggling to take it all in. It occurred to me that I wasn't doing all that well with the assignment.

Boyfriend must have recognized the expression my face. "Trying to get a grasp on the moment?" he inquired gently.

I nodded.

"Me too," he replied dryly.

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