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too soon and shame and revulsion at what he’d done washed over him. He tried to turn away, but Ruth clung to him. “Oh, Robert, I’ve missed you so much. So much.” She covered his neck and chest with kisses, and even in his disgust and despair his body responded to her, and he began to make love to her again. Afterward he tried to explain. “Ruth, nothing has changed. I didn’t mean for this to happen. My— other relationship—it’s not over.” 204 lewis shiner “Oh,” she said. “I thought—” But you didn’t ask, he wanted to say. He wanted to blame her though he knew it was his own weakness that had betrayed him. “I’m going back tomorrow.” “Oh,” she said, looking as if she might cry, then slowly forcing a smile. “Well, at least we have today. It’s something to keep me going a little while longer.” The alarm failed to go off Monday morning. Robert had lain awake much of the night, trying to fi nd a position where guilt would not twist his muscles into knots. When he did wake up it was to more rain and Ruth’s hand gently on his
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