After many interruptions and a good deal of excitement, Chicken Medium and I had a chance to talk at last, and we stayed up way past dark catching up. She was comforting and very sweet when I told her about my friends who disappeared and about the chickens on the wagon. Then, when I asked her about Providencia, she became very upset. I hadn't realized that they were such close friends. She thanked me for telling her and reminisced about her old friend and then went off to be by herself for a while. I'm sorry I had to be the bearer of such bad news.