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I asked. “My cheek will do for now, thank you. ” Words tumbled out. “Listen, if Richie for some reason decided to come back to me, I wouldn’t put it past him to sneak upstairs and slide right into bed. He was…dramatic, exciting. I mean, look around Shorehaven. You know how different he was from the rest of the guys his age. Ninety percent of them: eunuchs with deep voices. Sexless. ” Cass’s husband was AFTER ALL THESE YEARS / 47 the publisher of a conservative magazine, Standards. ” “But Richie was different.
Richie’s sister, Carol, had been a friend as well as my sister-in-law. We’d bought layettes for our first babies together. A week after Richie left, she took me to lunch in the city, where, over angel hair with baby asparagus and pygmy eggplants, she told me to let go gracefully. For my own peace of mind. This was no infatuation. Rick was in love with Jessica. Madly in love. Hopelessly in love. Completely in—I simply got up and walked out. I never heard from her again. Could I turn to Richie’s business associates?
The restaurant matchbooks in the bottom desk drawer that Richie collected until he realized collecting matchbooks was gauche? I’d always been a little nervous that they would spontaneously combust, and Gulls’ Haven would wind up like Thornfield. I put on school clothes—plaid slacks, a yellow silk blouse, and a sweater—took a Xanax, and stowed another in my pocket. I hated being such an upper-middle-class namby-pamby, gulping tranquilizers instead of tossing back a shot of whiskey, but I was no longer tough enough for a snootful of booze.