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Paris, months ago
‘What are you doing here?’ I growl when Helena makes her grand entrance into my bedroom dressed in Dior and smelling like Chanel, and cover my eyes when she jerks the curtains open inviting unwelcome sunlight in. When I heard the front door open I didn’t even care to sit up, thinking it was Renee again to force one of her soups down my throat, sitting next to me, watching over me until I finish the whole bowl, like I’m a kid.
‘That might be a valid question considering I’m standing in your bedroom but more importantly; what are you still doing in bed at 2PM?’ She sniffs and opens the French balcony doors.
‘Leave me alone.’
‘It’s a marvelous day outside. Darling let’s go drink Champagne at the Ritz with Renee.’
‘Have fun.’ I pull the blanket over my head and turn my back to her, wishing they would all just leave me alone and let me sleep. If only I could.
‘I always told everyone you’re the most fun person I ever met. Don’t tell me I was wrong.’
‘That person doesn’t exist anymore.’
‘Hm. You know I’m not sensitive for dramatic statements.’ She snorts and snatches the blanket off of me. Ignoring her looking down on my flannel PJ’s with a mix of disdain and pity I reach for the blanket and curl up into fetal position again, searching for the tissue under my pillow. I lost all sense of time, probably I’m laying like this for weeks, barely recalling the moment I landed on Charles de Gaulle when Renee wrapped her arms around me and Helena’s driver took over my luggage. I still don’t know how they knew I would be there, the only person who knew was Bette. But I just can’t imagine she cared enough to inform them.
‘Please just go.’
‘I’m calling the nanny to bring Maddy over. You would like her to see you like this?’ Helena says with a fine sense for my soft spots, befitting a best friend.
‘That’s low, even for you.’ I say through gritted teeth, leaning on my elbow. ‘Hang up.’
‘Yang, it’s me…’
She covers the speaker. ‘Are you going to talk to me? Otherwise Maddy will be here in no time.’