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It's not as if they're expecting a blizzard. " On the screen, a pair of lovers stood watching a sailboat approach the curve of a blue-green bay on the Tyrrhenian Sea. They were standing close, hand in hand. A breeze blew the girl's cotton skirt above her bare knees. Gerald pressed Hy's hand. "Let's get out of here. " "It's so beautiful," she whispered. " "You can imagine it. I'll give you a better fadeout. " The Highway Motel stood between an abandoned warehouse and a vacant lot littered with rusty machinery.
I shouldn't expect you to take sides. I should not involve you. " "Not if it makes you feel better to speak out. I'm always here for you, Hy, you know that. I have only one piece of advice, though. Don't make an issue about what you overheard. There'd be nothing gained except more hard feelings. Pretend you never heard anything, and go about your business. " "And you'll say yes? " "Of course I'm sure. " This observation, coming from this particular mother- in-law, astonished Hyacinth. " This was spoken with a wry smile.
Why have you really come here so early this morning? " Having come to ease herself by pouring out her complaint, Hy now wished she had not come. It was such a shabby story after all, a mother and daughter at odds over the daughter's lover! But she sat up straight, told the story, and concluded, "I'm sorry. I shouldn't expect you to take sides. I should not involve you. " "Not if it makes you feel better to speak out. I'm always here for you, Hy, you know that. I have only one piece of advice, though.