Silence is golden and costs almost as much. Kim Knight revels in the solitude (and stunning sea views) on the luxuriously refurbished top floor of Auckland's Hilton Hotel.

There were 17 patches of mould on the bathroom ceiling the day I ran away from home. Smudged, spidery lines tracked the roof above the shower. Squint and read your fortune in those slatternly patterns. The future smells like bleach and exhaustion.

On the internet, there is a checklist for everything. Under "how to run away from home" it says:

Save money.

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Buy food.

Break up with your girl/boyfriend.

Write a letter

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