The words we leave behind. The dates, the time sent, the informality of greetings. The exclamation mark that reassures goodwill. The sign-off that never means more than the next time. Logged in dialogue that binds us in the moment that we will forget, until we have to remember.

The first time is curious. A new contact that found you for reasons that you read about with a click. Good or bad, you mattered enough for that initial hello, and the hope that you will say, yes. The reply can be dismissive or eager, but either way, it reaches destination.