With nothing else to do, the children kept themselves occupied—building an occasional sandcastle, swimming where I could keep an eye on them, and napping in the shade.
Just open a damn window. And I hope you get wet.After he let in the fresh, cold air, he turned on the heater, and the warmth blowing on her feet felt good. And he waited until they hit a red light before getting his cigarette on, his exhale aimed away from her to the opening.
I tried to get out of the appointment. He glanced over. This should not be a surprise.She was smarter than I thought she’d be. I’m not going to get cleared, of course, which proves she’s a real professional.Anne was aware of a piercing disappointment. But come on, like she’d really expected him to sit on a couch for fifty minutes and undergo some existential transformation for a hundred and fifty bucks? There were no easy fixes in life. Especially not after the kinds of things he’d been through.
I expected more of a response from you, he said.Can I ask you something? He looked across the seat. And I’m serious about this.
She rearranged herself into exactly the same position. Then pulled her seat belt away from her chest and brought it back in. Okay.
When you were in the rehab hospital, you had to see a shrink, right?It’s not bullshit. I’m not avoiding you. I’ve just been...busy.
I flinched, hating the way my voice wobbled and chest emptied into a cavernous ache.Neither of us spoke for a moment.
He cleared his throat. We need to talk.My heart swooped. No, we don’t.