From Inside the Grey House:
Natalia checked in on Bethany every once in a while, discreetly. Bethany never saw her. It was best. Bethany deserved to continue living the lie all humans lived. Natalia knew that humans were willing to accept a lie when the truth would prove too alarming. She didn’t have Bethany’s phone number anymore, and Bethany didn’t have hers, or even know where she lived. She told herself it was better for her friend, and it was, but Natalia missed her. She missed the simplicity of hanging out with her but didn’t want to endanger Bethany’s life anymore. She let the relationship go and tried not to think of her friend too much.
It had been the same with her job at The Ocean’s Edge. No longer needing her waitress job, she called Richard and let him know there was a family emergency. She apologized for not giving two weeks and he wouldn’t let her, stating she could return at any time and have her job back. She thanked him and never called him again. He had been too eager to accept the lies as well. The lies people accepted in order to continue their deceptive existence, made her uneasy.