Alicia died three years ago.
Thanks, but weve got everything under control, Beth told him.You need anything, all you need to do is ask. He noticed Ellie hadnt gotten anywhere close to the kitchen. She sat in a chair next to her husband and held a glass of white wine, sipping from it occasionally.
Sam took another chair and was about to reach for the television remote when Ellie spoke.What was that you called Beth? her mother asked him conversationally.Just now. Did you call her baby?
He nodded. Babe. Its a term of affection.Babe, she repeated, as though amused. Her lips moved, but it looked more like sarcasm than humor. I find that interesting.
Well, yes, its rather ironic.
Beths mother studied him briefly as if she needed to use small words in order for him to understand. You must know my daughter moved to Portland to show us she could live independently of her father and me. Then as soon as she has her own apartment and a job far beneath her skill, she chooses to let someone call her babe, as if she were an infant in need of care.You hope? This didnt sound right. Beth was excited and at the same time unsure. Now, that was interesting. You better tell me what it is.
Beths eyes gleamed with barely suppressed anticipation. Sorry, I cant. My lips are sealed. I will tell you that its one Ive been working on for several weeks now, ever since we … Her eyes grew round and she immediately pantomimed twisting a key over her mouth. Im not saying another word. All I ask is that you contact me as soon as youre home.I have to go somewhere?
Oh yes, this is the most important part. Remember that wonderful Mexican restaurant where we ate not long ago?Sunshine nodded. Of course. Its one of my favorites.