Apologies are not a two-way street. This is the best she can do. And it's working. We're getting closer, I can tell. "Look who you're talking to," she jokes, as if her betrayal is a new funny story between the two of them. As if they are on a two-way street. But it's working.
And because it works, she'll go home to Kevin's bar, and she'll listen to Fiona's first day of school -- "My new class is almost all girls," she'll complain, and Grace will whisper from her shroud, "That's because there's more girls on the planet than boys" -- and she'll drink a Shirley Temple where Kevin can see her.
She'll assure Fiona there are plenty of boys left in this world, and she'll be grateful when one of the regulars asks her why she's drinking her Shirley Temple; she'll joke that she's hung over from his first wedding, and won't be able to remember if they had a cash bar at her wedding to Kevin. When Eddie walks in she'll consider whether it's okay to talk about her wedding, and Grace will ask how she could ever forget a single detail about that day. She'll confuse everybody there, by offering to buy the place a round. They will be distracted, they will laugh.
She will throw her arms around her husband and this is what she'll say:
"You could go to the ends of the earth. And wherever you go, 24 hours later, I'm gonna be there. Cash in my chips, grab the girls, do it so fast it'd make your head spin. That's just the way it is. You are stuck with me."
She won't even think about Eddie's eyes on her, as Kevin relaxes into her arms. She'll believe every word, with such determination that Kevin will believe it too. And when he asks her for a favor, when he tells her Eddie's out of a job, she'll promise to help his friend, and she'll mean that too. She owes her husband that much, at least.
It works if you work it.
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