When they’d moved in together they called it “merging”. They spent a long time sorting through their digital libraries laughing at the duplicates: films they’d both loved and now were slightly embarrassed about; books they admitted they’d never read. They particularly enjoyed merging their digital spaces, playing with the new shared avatars and objects. And when they found somewhere real to live they looked at the boxes and began what they called “negotiation”. He had to give in on the old student poster but occasionally put on the headset and looked around just to remind himself of a former life.