The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus

by

Dashka Slater

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Sasha’s “soul mate, but not in the romantic sense.” Nemo is gender fluid, and like Sasha, they prefer gender neutral pronouns. Nemo’s gender fluid identity means that they “have the potential to be anything, any gender at any time.” Nemo is also asexual, and “doesn’t do sexual relationships,” but their coupling with Sasha is not based on sexual feelings. Nemo and Sasha instead share a deep friendship based on mutual respect and understanding of the other’s nonbinary gender.
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Nemo Character Timeline in The 57 Bus

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Part 1: Sasha and Nemo
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...toward their campsite. As they evacuated, Sasha climbed into the back of a truck with Nemo, a student who was a year younger. “We were both freaking out,” Nemo now explains.... (full context)
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Nemo identifies as gender fluid and uses gender neutral pronouns as well. To Nemo, “gender fluid... (full context)
Part 4: Pretty
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In April, Nemo is Sasha’s date for an annual dance held downtown. Sasha wears a beautiful, flowing gown... (full context)
Part 4: Dancing
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...perfect. “The dress is pretty and Sasha is pretty and the room is pretty and Nemo is pretty,” Slater writes. Sasha loves ballroom dancing, and tonight “nobody is going to mistake... (full context)