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She didn’t speak again until they landed on the tarmac at San Francisco. ” she exclaimed in an awed voice. “No kidding,” Judith replied. “Maybe we can take the train back,” Renie suggested. Judith, who felt like a nervous wreck, said nothing. It wasn’t the worst idea she’d ever heard. Whatever good the cruise might do her, it could be undone by another airline flight with Renie. The rest of the itinerary went smoothly. A limo sent courtesy of Magglio Cruz transported them from the airport to the St.

I haven’t seen much of my wife this morning,” Joe said, sounding defensive. “She’s been . . ” Joe expected Renie to say more, but she didn’t, which made him feel even worse. ” “Yes,” Renie said, “I do. You two should have gone on vacation in January. After the holidays, she started to really go downhill. In fact, it wouldn’t hurt her to take two vacations, one with me and one with you. ” “I know she’s tired,” Joe said, conscious of the serious note in Renie’s words. “But I’ve been so damned busy, what with the case I’m on right now and the trial coming up next week.

Renie said in a cheerful voice. ” Judith exclaimed under her breath. Swiftly, she scanned the three other passengers: a young couple holding hands in the row behind the cousins and a silver-haired woman sitting ramrod straight next to the driver. They were all avoiding any glances at Renie. Judith fastened her seat belt. “Just keep your mouth shut,” she whispered to Renie. “And don’t pass out. ” “S’a fine,” Renie said, keeping her voice down. ” “Of course it’s dark,” Judith replied, again whispering.

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