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afternoon engagements part 2

part 2 of 2 “How’s school going?” Annick asked later, moving some of my fly-away hair out of my face - a trace of the maternal in her solicitous fussing - but I liked it. “Easy peasy,” I said, the lie warming me like an ember or black magic. There’s no real sibling rivalry between us. Imagine you’re Beyoncé’s sister, what are the odds that you’ll eclipse Beyoncé? Yeah, it’s ZERO. “Ha!” she laughs, “you are such a little fibber.” “I am NOT,” I hotly say, but my defense is ruined by my laugh. “I’m doing ok - but it’s a lot,” I say, to erase the fib. They’re ENGAGED! I tried not to act stunned but I doubt I was very convincing. The news thumped me like a gust of wind. Suddenly, I knew. Our yesterdays were no more substantial than a story we’d read together growing up, that you can mourn and rejoice at the same time. Otherwise it was a family lunch, although at first I was a bit nervous around Gerard. At one point Annick says, “What are you doing?” as the table gently quivered. I smiled wincingly, “Making circles with my ankles,” I said. Annick smiled knowingly.

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Date: 1/6/2022 10:26:00 AM
C'est la vie! Bravo! Aloha!
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