By Mary Daheim
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Really . . I don’t know . . Oh, dear . ” Judith never liked making decisions, especially on the spot. ” Renie sneezed again before she replied. “No. If you tell me tomorrow you’re not going, then I’m in a pickle. ” She paused. “Okay, let’s do it this way. ” 24 Mary Daheim “You haven’t seen my hair,” Judith countered in a feeble voice. “I expect to see it on the way to the airport. ” “No! ” Renie was right. Judith desperately needed a break. ” “Good. ” “I will. I’ll call Joe and the Rankerses.
Judith’s self-confidence was growing by the second. ” Phyliss nodded so hard that her gray curls bobbed up and down. ” Judith forced herself not to smile. Ginger must be right. For the rest of the afternoon, Judith felt her spirits lift. She was further cheered when a late reservation came in from a couple whose flight to Hong Kong had been canceled. By the time Joe got home around six, she couldn’t wait for his reaction. But there was none. Joe came in the back door, shouted at his wife, who was taking the guests’ canapés out of the oven, and announced he had to change and leave immediately for a second shift on his stakeout.
The mai tai was beside her, but it had been poured into a human skull. In the background, music played loudly—and louder and louder— until Judith awoke in a cold sweat. But it was only a dream, Judith told herself, and eventually went back to sleep. By morning, she was still sulking when her cousin called to describe the cruise wear she’d purchased. “The only problem is,” Renie explained, “that the theme of the cruise is the thirties. We have to wear outfits from that era for dinner. ” Judith tried to keep the sarcasm out of her voice.