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“Are we still on for tomorrow?” 224 lewis shiner “I’ll call you,” she said. It wasn’t a yes or a no. She kissed him softly, lingeringly. It could have been a promise or a farewell. He walked down the steps, forcing himself not to look back. When he’d started the car and come to a stop at Campus Walk, he yelled, “Goddamn it!” and shook the steering wheel with both hands. “You think I’m used to this? How could anybody be used to this?” Friday, October 29 Ruth called at 7:30. He’d been up late, fi rst calling Roger to tell him the news, then working on Luna until after two, nodding off with the blue pencil slipping from his fi ngers, descriptions from the script morphing imperceptibly into dream. She’d had a terrible night, she said. She didn’t trust herself to drive. She needed to see to the cremation, to go by the funeral home, buy a dress, and then she would need his help making phone calls in the afternoon. Had he checked the paper for the obituary? “I just woke up,” he said. “Oh,” she said, and went back to her list of
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