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She stares at the f loor as though turned to stone. Thomas shakes his head. “No. Don’t do that. C’mon,” he says, brusquely. ” And she actually follows him, but when they reach the hallway, she pauses again and slides her hand along the dark brown wall. “See,” she says. ” She takes his hand and guides it across the cracked paint, and he can feel the inscription that Jenny etched into the wall the evening he’d gone to the emergency room. Thomas is stupid. She laughs suddenly and loudly. Then she slides to the f loor with a thump and begins to sob.
And I haven’t bought any dinner, I can’t go home without any dinner. Thoughts like f lies and stinging insects: Where are my keys? An apple core, the stench in the kitchen. If she doesn’t want Chinese, I need to go all the way down to the tapas place, it’ll take at least fifteen minutes. When he balances through the door with a tall stack of takeout containers resting on the palm of his right hand, he drops his key and is almost dumb enough to bend down and pick it up and thereby drop the containers with all the food, but he manages not to.
Long silence. ” “I haven’t. ” “Well—I don’t know. ” They fall silent. He hears Alice clattering in the background, and a television. Jenny clears her throat. “Okay,” he says. “I’ll look at it. ” They hang up, and he sits staring at his shoes. Then he stands and walks back to the kitchen. While he puts his groceries in the fridge, Patricia comes in. ” “No. ” “Oh, Patricia. Stop. ” 38 Rock, Paper, Scissors “Restless. ” “Claustrophobic? ” He looks out the window. “I’m going over to Jenny’s soon.