“What are you doing?” Juliana’s voice drifted in around the corner of the living room, coming to rest finally in his willing ear. He had left her on the green chintz couch with the cat, reading Ovid.
“Opening some wine.” The cork split a final time and Del pushed it down into the bottle with a jab. He poured two glasses, fishing out bits of cork that floated around like miniature driftwood. Tea leaves maybe, he thought absently, taking a first drink straight from the bottle. Though didn’t they sink? And portending what? These happy bobbing bits of cork, then, a good sign — nothing indiscernible, dark and submerged.
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Their picnic there is like nothing he’s ever tasted: the salty air, the fresh baguette, the French cheese; the pungent walk at naked low tide to the island; the meringues of surf forever arriving, the slightly bitter taste of local soda. Love might be possible, it seems. Sure beats singing “Michelle, ma belle” standing at the sink in a poky little house on the prairie, washing dishes and staring out at the minister’s house next door. Something takes up residence from that trip, like a new pregnancy in the family: the next year his parents buy a cabin on a river in the woods, perhaps in compensation, a refuge for the summers of his schooling. There trout fishing saves him for romance, possibly love. He is smitten by nature, if not yet girls.
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