Do not worry about Lady Lucinda, she said, hurrying to the door. I shall take care of everything. And please, finish your tea. I do worry about you, living all by yourself with no woman to care for you. Another year of this, and you will waste away to skin and bones.
I reluctantly handed him the book and leaned back against the pillows with him as he held the notebook up and opened to the second page.As his eyes began to travel down the page, I nudged him in the shoulder and said, Hey, no cheating. Start reading from the top.
And so he did. Details of the second day we’d spent with each other. Most of it seemed pretty mundane now, in light of everything that had happened since, but Josh read it with interest before turning to the third page.Once I realized that he was nearing the bit when he’d snapped at me in the bathroom after his failed attempt at shaving, I wasn’t sure I could bear it. I moved to take the book from him, but he held on tight.Come on, he said. I’ve read this far. You might as well let me finish it.
I let go of the book, allowing him to continue reading. I didn’t want to follow along the part about his fall. I kept my eyes on the other side of the room until he’d passed it. I was glad that he didn’t comment about it. I guessed he’d felt uncomfortable too.‘Josh was in much better spirits today,’ he began to read aloud, in a higher tone of voice than usual. ‘He enjoyed the trip to the beach and—’
I clamped a hand over his mouth and glared at him. Don’t read it out loud. It was embarrassing enough as it was without him reading in his stupid girly voice.
He chuckled. Fair enough.But then he asked-oh why did he ask-Will you?
Be well, he clarified. Will you be well-he paused, then shrugged-as well?Of course, she said, a little too quickly.
She thought that was the end of it, but then he said, Are you certain? Because you seemed a little…She swallowed, waiting uncomfortably for his assessment.