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“You know when you watch a movie and there's a crumbling bridge and somebody's running, trying to make it to the other side?” Flores told me, describing the mad dash of writing that allowed him to slow down when he got to Valleyesque. “And when a character makes it to the other side, they are like, I can't believe it, the bridge is gone. Yeah, I feel that way all the time, that I made it past the crumbling bridge, miraculously.”