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“Eat me,” I mouth, and turn back towards the window. “I’m sorry, Zel,” Gretchen says. “Maybe we could talk about other things now. It’s going to be a long day.” “Gretchen?” Zelda says. “Can you suggest a more appropriate topic? Philip was family!” I shift again, root through my backpack, retrieve the Walkman. Zelda shoots me a look, letting me know she’s as disgusted with me as we both are with Gretchen. Gretchen fell out of favor forty-two years ago for abdicating the Fine name, becoming a Moscovitz and a stay-at-home wife to boot. Her estranged husband Dmitri is a motivational speaker whose once barely detectable accent has returned with a vengeance of late. He is, reportedly, all the rage on the Slavic circuit these days. Large in Lódz. Hardly missed in Naples. It’s been decades since, as Gretchen puts it, she and Dmitri “conjugated.” One conjugation thirty-eight years ago, produced orthodontist extraordinaire Edward Moscovitz of Kennebunk, Maine. Edward and his wife Carol, a 32-year-old telemarketer, produced four children in six years of marriage. Gretchen spends more time in Maine than she does in Florida. She’s convinced, despite indications to the contrary, that Carol is a horrible mother. “Did I tell you about the last time I was in Maine?” Gretchen asks. “Probably,” says Zelda. “Sorry. Did I tell you about the horse?” “The what?” Zelda asks, and off Gretchen goes, explaining how she needed to be in Kennebunk for William’s third birthday, how she bought her own ticket online, and so on. I’ve got my headphones on, but they’re attached to my nonfunctioning Walkman and do nothing to drown out Gretchen’s narration.

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2 Bridges Review Vol.2  

The celebrated East River Bridges (Two Bridges) – the Brooklyn and the Manhattan, connect downtown Brooklyn with downtown Manhattan. Between...

2 Bridges Review Vol.2  

The celebrated East River Bridges (Two Bridges) – the Brooklyn and the Manhattan, connect downtown Brooklyn with downtown Manhattan. Between...

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