Lee's burial ceremonies over, Christine prepares for the trip back to Seattle. She retrieves Lee's Purple Heart from the garbage can, where Ida has thrown it. Reaching Seattle, Christine, toting Rayona with her, goes to a local bar in order to be with people; she doesn't feel like being alone. Surprisingly, she sees Elgin in the bar, with his arm around a woman. Christine, Elgin, and Rayona leave the bar together, and Elgin stays with Christine and Rayona for two weeks, but then the destructive pattern of Christine and Elgin's relationship starts again. Realizing that she'll never have the picture-perfect family life that she wants, Christine accepts a routine existence with Rayona, although she acknowledges that she takes Rayona for granted. She comes to rely on Rayona's presence and the stability that Rayona symbolizes in her life. Once, when Rayona is almost seven years old, Aunt Ida makes a surprising visit to Seattle and stays
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