By the end of August, Sasha is ready to leave for MIT. They are scared about leaving the “Bay Area bubble,” and says they will “have to work a little harder to seek out their people” at MIT. The fire is “a distant memory,” and Sasha is moving on. “I don’t really feel hated,” Sasha says. “I feel like one person hates me—maybe.”
Unlike the justice system, Sasha appreciates that Richard does not truly hate them. Sasha has forgiven Richard for what he has done, and this is evident in their description of the attack as a “distant memory.” Sasha has nearly forgotten about Richard’s actions; which Richard argues is key to true forgiveness.