Yes. He sat down handing me the items. I want to really get to know you, and if that means starting over as friends then I’ll take it. I want you to trust me, Cassandra. He looked away for a moment in thought then back to me. I’d never hurt you.
No one else spoke to her at all; even Austin seemed stiff, and Issy, through her slightly drunken haze, started to worry that in fact rather than putting her point in a cool and measured way, she had perhaps shouted at everybody else at the table completely unnecessarily. Oh well. She couldn’t worry about that now.As they got to the door, the beautiful waitress brought them their coats. Issy shrugged herself into Caroline’s now even tighter ridiculous white jacket. Candy stopped short. Then she leaned closer.
‘Oh. My. God,’ she said, the first direct thing she’d said to Issy all night. ‘Is that … is that the new Farim Maikal?’Issy didn’t have the faintest clue who it was, but the name definitely rang a bell. And actually, now she thought about it, Caroline had gone on and on about the coat when it had arrived and been really smug about it and how she’d got one over on her friends and this would show them and all sorts of other stuff that Issy hadn’t really understood. But Farim she thought she remembered.‘Hmm,’ she said non-committally.
‘It IS!’ breathed Candy. ‘Can I touch it?’ She held out her hand, reverently stroking the ridiculous white fur and collar studs. ‘Wow, the wait list at Barneys for this was like … wow.’Even Vanya was looking at it with a touch of jealousy.
‘Shame they didn’t have your size,’ she said.
‘Oh man, that doesn’t matter, she looks amazing,’ said Candy. ‘Anybody would who got their hands on one. This is THE hot coat this winter.’Yeah, he was definitely behind me too long on my jog.
From now on, I’d run in the evening.After showering and bandaging my knee I spent the remainder of the day inside, blasting my favorite tunes to help block out the commotion going on next door.
Without any air conditioning, I was forced to open the windows in order to survive the intense heat wave that decided to hit right after lunch. I managed to remain busy to keep from replaying the morning events.I dusted, vacuumed, and started a load of wash before climbing the tiny ladder in the hall ceiling to pull down more of my grandparents’ treasures tucked away in the attic.