Blake! Carson sounded astonished. Harper could understand her sister’s surprise: Blake had not been to Sea Breeze in weeks, though he lived on the same island. Their breakup had not been amicable. Glancing furtively at Taylor, Harper thought this couldn’t be more awkward.
While Marietta refilled their glasses, Imogene looked at the cards spread out on the table. Playing solitaire, I see?Marietta handed Imogene the glass filled to the brim. Yes. It’s my state of affairs lately.
Girard doesn’t play cards?No, not really. Poker with the boys from time to time. That’s not my game. Marietta looked slyly at Imogene and reached for the cards. Do you play cards?Marietta’s heart beat faster. She began to shuffle. What’s your game?
How about gin rummy? That’s a popular American game, I believe.Marietta grinned from ear to ear, and her opinion of Imogene reached new heights. I do indeed. Care for a game?
Imogene moved her chair closer to the table. Deal.
Carson stood at the end of the boat ramp that slanted down into the Cove. For the past several days Sea Breeze had been a beehive of activity. Everyone was busy, buzzing around in individual circles as the summer was coming to an end. Carson had spent her days preparing for Delphine’s release. Dora was driving back and forth from Summerville, packing up boxes for her move to the cottage. Harper and Granny James were spending mornings together walking the beach and talking, and afternoons in consultation with lawyers and financial advisers both in the United States and abroad. In the evenings, however, Granny James and Mamaw sat together on the back porch, heads together in conversation as they played cards.Yesterday I felt as though I had no ally,
Now I have someone who sees me among the crowds.There were no weird looks or whispers behind my back as I walked into the school the next morning. No one said a word to me in form class, so I concluded that Tobias had been telling the truth. He hadn’t shown anyone else the poetry.
I relaxed at the thought, although not completely, because I was still anticipating seeing him in English for first period. We saw each other for the first three periods on a Thursday because we had English, Spanish and then maths together.Vicki and Steph barely said a word to me in form class. Now that I wasn’t anxious over everyone finding out about my poetry, I found myself concerned over alienating my friends even more than usual.