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The right words

On the New Year's party, Marie received a lot of compliments, all including some form of, "you have lost weight!", and she smiled through all of them.

When she retreated to the balcony for a bit of solitude she found it occupied already.  The date of someone else's acquaintance, practically a stranger. He also seemed to be quiet, so that was all good. She leaned on the banister, keeping her distance, and he watched her watch the street.

Eventually he asked, "So, how is your health?"

After the initial shock, Marie all but collapsed with relief that someone cared.