Church Storage Room – Shane
Inside a church my pockets stuffed with women’s lingerie the nuns back in Texas predicted something like this for me, a long time ago. Another prediction? It’s going to be months before I hear the fucking end of this from Carmen.
Helena has decided the bent parts of her earring are a lead-in to a winning party story. She waits before reattaching it to her to ear. We still have to fasten the thing back together again, and sneak it back out there. I lean down over Alice who is moving the bras and panties I dug out of my car into little piles based on red, black, skin toned, or thong. I’d say there’s a nice selection for Dana’s send off.
“Alice, we have to hurry. Helena’s got to screw it back together.”
“It’s true, Alice. Come on. Do you want to put all of Shane’s underwear in there or what?” Helena urges her, too.
Alice sits on the floor with the brass ovoid urn empty and open on her lap. There’s a little chalky dust on her hands and dress. “Dana had what? Four lovers in all? The tennis camp chick, Lara, me and Tanya.” Alice counts on one hand. She looks up at me shocked.
I shrug. It is incomprehensible, she had so few.
“Four? God, we can’t send her away with that dreary a number can we?” Helena frowns into the empty ash pot.
“Better put them all in there, Alice.” I say. “Trust me, none of this stuff is returnable.”
One by one we each pick up a handfuls of panties and bras and shove them inside. Helene quickly screws it shut.
Bette’s House – Night
This day cannot end soon enough. I fall back on my bed unwilling to be upright any longer, much less put anything on a plate for dinner. The photograph I took earlier of Henry and Mikey’s new family – that includes my girlfriend and my daughter – has been scarred into my mind forever. It’s just so fucking wrong, on every conceivable level, I can’t even begin to examine them. I stare at the ceiling. What happened to my life!?
My phone rings.
“Yeah, I’m over here. Why what’s up?”
“Okay, sure I’ll split a pizza with you and Alice.” I feel myself begin to smile. “You guys come over here, right?” I hear her agree. “Shane, is Dana with you and Alice?” I nod. “Okay, sure, we can talk about that.”