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After returning to Seattle following Lee's funeral, Christine's meeting Elgin in the Silver Bullet bar  reinforces the misguided directions that her life has taken. Christine and Elgin spar briefly — she  ridicules him for dating a fat woman, and he criticizes her for bringing Rayona to the bar — and then  spend the next two weeks together. Christine seems unable to change her life for the better, as  though she's caught in a trap but can't get out. "I was going downhill with my brakes out," she  metaphorically comments, "always barely avoiding a crash." Chapter 13 focuses to a large degree on the relationship between Christine and Rayona. Christine  acknowledges that she takes Rayona for granted, but this acknowledgment doesn't change the fact.  Rayona, the safety net once swaddled in a yellow blanket, acts more as an adult to Christine than  Christine does to Rayona. Rayona becomes the responsible parent who puts the milk back in the 
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