vignette: punctilious

p1: i am in the middle of a pregnancy scare!
p2: ?!
p2: did you miss your full stop
p1: not yet
p1: but there is a chance there will be a run-on sentence
p2: i am trying to figure out what "semicolon" would be a metaphor for in context
p2: perhaps one of the late, only-sorta periods for a menopausal woman
p1: partial-birth abortion?
p2: omg
p1: the chicago manual of style is no good at a time like this

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