Just the Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Mary Kubica
- Language: English
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Lily is sitting on the leather chair in the family room when I come in. Her
back is to me. I see her from behind, just her long brown hair spilling down
the back of the chair. She stares toward the TV on the opposite wall, but the
TV is off. It’s just a black box, and in it, I see a murky reflection of Lily on
the screen, though I can’t tell if her eyes are open or shut.
“Hey,” I say, coming in through the garage door, closing it quietly and
stepping out of my shoes. I set my phone and keys on the counter, and then
ask, “How was your day?”
It’s getting dark in the house. Out the window, the sun is about to set. Lily
hasn’t bothered with the lights, and so the inside of the house is colorless and
gray. We face east. Any pretty sunset is the other way. You can’t see it from
here, if there even is one to see.
Lily says nothing back. She must have fallen asleep, sitting upright in the
chair. It wouldn’t be the first time. She’s been extremely tired lately. The
pregnancy is getting the best of her, not to mention that she’s on her feet
teaching all day. These two things in combination exhaust her. It used to be
that Lily would be in the kitchen, cooking dinner when I got home, but these
last few weeks, she comes home from work ready to drop. I don’t mind that
she’s not cooking.
I’ve never been the kind of person to need a home-cooked
meal after work, but that’s the way Lily was raised. Her mother did it for her
father, and so she thinks she should do it for me. She’s been apologetic that
she hasn’t had it in her to cook dinner, but she’s been queasy, too, and the last
thing she needs to be doing is cooking for me. I called from the car and
ordered takeout already; it will be here any minute.
I step quietly into the family room. I come around to the other side of Lily
to face her. Lily isn’t asleep like I thought. Her eyes are open but her
expression is blank. Her skin looks gray, washed-out like the room, and I
blame the poor lighting.
Lily’s head turns. She looks up at me as if in slow motion.
“Hey,” I say again, gently, smiling. “You okay? Did I wake you?”
I flip on a side table light, and she winces from the brightness of it, her
eyes taking time to adjust. I apologize for it, realizing that her pale face had
nothing to do with the lack of light.
In the warmth of the lamp’s glow, I see that Lily’s hair is wet. She wears
maroon-colored joggers and a sweatshirt. She’s showered and changed since
coming home, which is more than she usually does. Usually she falls flat on
the couch and doesn’t leave until it’s time to go to bed.
I drop to my knees in front of her. I reach forward and run a hand the
length of her hair. “You look exhausted, babe. Do you want to just go to bed?
I can help you up. Takeout should be here soon. I’ll bring it up to the room
for you when it gets here.”
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