Chapter 2

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When I was a little kid, harnessed to the TV set, there were a lot of quiz shows and game shows. One of the few things I remember is that when some poor lady lost out, they gave her a "consolation prize".

Except I had never heard of consolation, and the TV's speaker wasn't that hi-fi anyway, so my brain filled in the missing pieces from the blob of foggy sound as "constellation prize".

I imagined the show host giving the lady a little star, and I remember thinking that it was a very sweet gift.