"It's not as easy as that." He smiled at her dramatics when she heaved a big sigh. "Besides, they're your friends, or at least they want to be, so why don't you visit with them?"
"I don't need anymore friends. They're too much work." They hurt too much, she thought but didn't say. "I have you and Mi'ico, isn't that enough?"
"Darling, I don't think your cat counts." He kissed her on the forehead.
"Hmmph... she's a better person than most people are!"