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If only we could collect and bottle the power of those rare moments of true bonding. An electric current runs through them, crackling with unfettered conversation, glowing with shared warmth. When we bond with someone else, we surrender our desire for power and our need to know the next chess move.

The reason two people come together is rarely why they stay close, but it does offer an entry point. Unlikely allies are formed against common enemies. Bicoastal night owls reconnect online as an insomnia antidote. New residents in a foreign city travel together. In life, we often first connect with someone in response to something outside ourselves, but the relationship only grows as we let in more personal aspects of our lives. It’s thrilling to confess to something and


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Seventeen

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