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400 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published January 1, 2010
Alone again, naturally, like that sappy song I'd discovered in my parents' tape collection. Oh, I'd love that song! Many happy, maudlin hours were spent weeping and singing along to my cassette player, until my mom burst in one day, snatched the tape from the machine and snapped it in half..
"Let me tell you, were awfully happy when you showed up, Lucy. Sure, you weren't Italian, but at least you were Catholic and a nice girl, you know what I mean?"
“Then her gaze drops down to my faded jeans with the fraying hem, my utterly unremarkable brown wool sweater. "Is that what you're wearing?" she asks.
"No. I'm wearing a ball gown, but it's invisible." I twirl around, taking care not to spill the goodies. "Do you like it?”
“Sit. Calm down." He goes to the cupboard, takes down my favorite mug and pours me a cuppa joe. "I called the bakery a while ago, told Iris you were sick last night and needed the day off."
"Oh." I pause. "How many times have they called since then?"
"Four. Iris is wondering if you have Lou Gehrig's disease. Rose thinks it sounds more like cancer. Your mom said feel better, she'll see you tomorrow.”
“Right. Um...well, here's the thing, Ethan. You know that Corinne had a baby, of course. And it got me thinking that, well..." I clear my throat. "Well, I'd like to have a baby, too." Gah! This isn't coming out the way I want it to.
His right eyebrow raises. "Really."
"Yeah. I've always wanted kids. You know. So, um..." Why am I so nervous? It's just Ethan. He'll understand. "So I guess I'm ready to...start dating. I want to get married again. Have a family."
Ethan leans forward, causing Fat Mikey to jump off his lap. "I see," he says.
I look at the floor for a second. "Right." Risking a peek at Ethan, I add, "So we should probably stop sleeping together.”