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A few minutes into the short conversation I just had with a good friend, she finally decided to cut to the chase.

So... what? What is it, then? It's complicated?

I laughed, because it's easy to type a colon and a series of closed parentheses as a response to quips of such kind. I laughed, because what else is there to say? What else is there to better punctuate that? I laughed, not because it's funny, but because for the first time in a long time, it was no longer true.

No, actually, I said.

...it's simple.