Quantum of Sorrow

I occasionally feature science fiction work-in-progress The Queantum Eavesdropper in #1lineWed, where the hashtag is used to share lines from people's novels, poems, short stories, etc, once a week.
Worth checking out and contributing a line or two based on the theme they put out weekly.
Anyway, a recent theme was Sorrow so I found a few paragraphs to share. The first two are related, the third not so much.
Check them out below.