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Pale Window. She said that she could care less and that she didn't give a damn. That it had been in cold blood and that that’s how she was going to go with it tomorrow

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Pale Window. She said that she could care less and that she didn't give a damn. That it had been in cold blood and that that’s how she was going to go with it tomorrow.

It rained heavily that night. A truck drove past the house at a high speed and it left noise in the wind that was raising the leaves from their holds on branches outside the pale window. I got up and walked to the window and leaned my forehead against the glass. I watched the branches just out from me. They moved briskly and seemed to tangle with each other and then untangle and straighten out before doing it again. Sharon was asleep and I was awake. I thought it strange that tomorrow it would be very much the same. I would be sitting in the audience and she would be standing and then sitting and arguing her case in front of the jury. I wasn’t one of her converts. I slept with Sharon and believed I loved her. I slept with her every night for a month. Most nights we made love. Almost every day she was in court. I was watching from the same place in the audience each day of it.

A week after the episode finished I could no longer bear to be near her. 

 

 

 

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Pale Window.    She said that she could care less and that she didn't give a damn. That it had been in cold blood and that that’s how she was going to go with it tomorrow.

   There was a heavy rain that night. A truck drove past the house at a high speed and it left noise in the wind that was raising the leaves from their holds on branches outside the pale window. I got up and walked to the window and leaned my forehead against the glass. I watched the branches just out from me. They moved briskly and seemed to tangle with each other and then untangle and straighten out before doing it again. Sharon was asleep and I was awake. I thought it strange that tomorrow it would be very much the same. I would be sitting in the audience and she would be standing and then sitting and arguing her case in front of the jury. I wasn’t one of her converts. I slept with Sharon and believed I loved her. I slept with her every night for a month. Most nights we made love. Almost every day she was in court. I was watching from the same place in the audience each day of it. A week after the episode finished I could no longer bear to be near her. 

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