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Carol looked at him. It was remarkable, the resemblance.

"May I help you?"

She smiled, caught and attempted to bluff. "I'm Mrs. French."


"You've met my husband."

"This morning."

"Thanks, for holding the door."

"You're welcome."

Carol gestured, "Got to work." and then headed back to the realty office.

"Duck." Buddy tipped his head, then looked out.

"Hey. Guess they decided not to print."

"Something like that. Dan?"

"He's okay. Carol?"

"We're better. About..."

"You don't need to explain to me."

"I should have paid more attention to what you were asking. I guess I've never been real good at knowing what's happening around me."

Duck chuckled.

"Anything I should know?"

"Stan's been keeping an eye out."

"Good." He toed the ground. "How's Emily?"

"You should ask Sandra. Really."

Buddy shook his head, lips quirked. "Yeah, I know. Was I terrible in High School?"

"No. A little insulated, maybe."


Buddy stepped inside Iggy's and slid into the booth that had been Irene's perch Before.

"Buddy." Sandra grabbed the coffee pot on the way to his table. "Things been busy?"

"Yeah." He looked over at the mound of scratch-offs in the next booth. "I'm glad you decided. And I'm sorry."

"Me too." She thought a moment. "I didn't know Carol paints. Not that I would, I've been busy here. How'd she and your mom get along?"

Buddy chortled. "Like rocks and waves."

"Good. Just, your mother wasn't the easiest person unless you were exactly as she wanted you."

"I know."


Carol exhaled. "We should move."

Buddy looked at her, head whipping.

"Your mother's house isn't selling. We could move in, sell this one." The islanders all knew what happened, what almost happened, and mainlanders wanted a view not neighbors so close at hand. Neighbors that didn't welcome them.


"I talked to Duck. He says with it empty he could do all the work in a month, month and a half." Painting mostly. Installing shelves.

"Are you sure? You and my mother--"

"Fought over you. I'm sorry. I want that to stop."

"And the house?"

"You didn't want to sell. Not really." They'd bought this one because she'd insisted. She'd wanted distance. She'd gotten it from more than her mother-in-law. "We have to make it our house. Not mine, not your mother's. Ours." Not a mainlander's house.

Buddy reached out and clasped her given hand, pulling her in close. "Together."

*(Buddy and Carol is a drabble and half. Exactly. It's also quite a bit later.)

Date: 2011-04-21 02:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] exbex
I really like this Carol.

Date: 2011-04-21 01:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] grey853
I really liked this and hope that's how it all really turned out, that they figured it out together.


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