I step outside, it feels unnatural. As I slowly walk across the street I see something approaching me. As shapeshifters, we distance ourselves acrobatically. But, us strangers, we connect for an instance. Our pale turquoise barriers will not stop a smile because our eyes betray the glints of hope that remain. The crinkle of the masks mirror the corners of our eyes crinkling to portray a smile. A reminder that we can still smile.