The next morning, when Thomas goes to the airport, his suitcase is heavy. Grandma follows him there and watches him write. When he gets to the front of the ticket line, she confronts him. He tells her to go home. She argues.
Grandma begins to intersperse her memories of Dresden with her argument with Thomas. She had been an extremely sensitive child, but now she feels less sensitive and wonders if that’s part of growing older.
Thomas hides his face in his notebook and cries. She begs him to let her see him cry. He removes the book but stops crying.
Grandma remembers the night she told Anna she’d seen her kissing Thomas. She asks Anna what kissing feels like. Anna says it feels wet and kisses Grandma.
Grandma remembers her father. She imagines that he weighed her life against the lives of hundreds and decided he wouldn’t risk her safety even to change the world. The day of the bombing, Grandma decides to respond to the prisoner’s letter. He asked for a photograph, but Grandma has none of her that she likes.
Grandma and Thomas argue via phrases in his notebook.