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Shane is sleeping soundly when her phone begins to ring on the bedside table. She stirs a little before she lifts her head and checks the clock sitting next to her phone. When she sees the time flashing four a.m., she groans and tosses the pillow over her head, and immediately falls back to sleep. Only seconds pass before the phone starts ringing again. She yanks the pillow off her head and snatches her phone from the table.
Alice: I’ve been callin’.
Shane: Yeah, I know. It’s four in the morning, Alice.
Alice: You saw me calling and didn’t answer? What if it was an emergency?
Shane: I figured you’d come over if it were that important.
Alice: Well, what if I couldn’t come over? Huh? What about that? What if….
Shane: What if I hang up on you right now?
Alice pauses for a second before she continues.
Alice: Her flight lands in a bit. Did you set everything up for her?
Shane rolls onto her back and sighs.
Shane: If setting things up involves throwing a fitted sheet on the guestroom bed, then yes, everything is set.
Alice: Shane? I told you to set out like some fresh flowers…. what about the fruit? Did you get the fruit plate? She loves a good fruit plate.
Shane runs her hand through her hair.
Shane: Alice, her mind isn’t gonna be on a fuckin’ fruit cup; her life is in shambles. I doubt if honeydew is gonna do anything to help her heal.
The line goes silent for a beat before Alice responds.
Alice: Well, you’re just a ray of sunshine this morning.
Shane: I’m hanging up now.
Alice: Fine, I’ll see you later….and put on a bra, would ya? Your nipples….
Shane ends the call and tosses her phone back on the table before she rolls over and goes back to sleep……
Later, Bette Porter has her duffle bag thrown over her shoulder and is rolling another bag behind her. She finds her Uber and thanks the driver for loading her bags into the trunk. She then quickly slides into the back seat. She takes a deep breath and looks down as she twirls a silver wedding band between her fingers. She then slides the ring into her jacket pocket and looks out of the window as the car pulls away from the curb……