Thanks for reading, @agmoore! It is because of you that I found The Ink Well! The hip-hop reference did come from our conversation - I wrote much of this piece that day! I'm happy to see that the complexity of Anokhi's emotion comes across - I imagine her enthusiasm to build worlds extends to the people around her as well. The kind who can look at someone, identify with their passions and immediately make a world for them, with her in it, of course. In this case, she's still in it but feels outside of it.
Excited to have written this for The Ink Well and it's been really heartwarming to interact with the community too!