April 7th, 1991
At home, England
Millie rang to apologize for her ridiculous ranting last night about Antigua and how she felt, “put out,” by the fact I’m going sooner than I thought.
“If you’re so upset,” I said, in a newfound bold tone, “Then don’t bother coming. I’m not forcing you to.”
“I’ll get there a few days after you arrive. Will that be ok?”
Only if you lose your deplorable attitude, I wanted to say. “Yes, that’ll be fine.”
“I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.
I resisted the urge to respond with the standard, “Me too,” and changed the subject.
We stayed on the phone for about an hour, mostly talking about my upcoming trip to Los Angeles.
“Is your mum excited?”
“She’s beside herself!”
“I can just imagine,” Millie laughed, sounding more like herself again. “You two will have a great time. Right?”
“I believe so.”
“It won’t upset you, you know, being there again?”
“I hope not,” I sighed. “I just want to show my mum around and celebrate her birthday.”
“So you don’t plan on seeing David?”
“Absolutely not!” I blurted, my words not quite matching how I felt.
“What would you do if you bumped into him?”
“Millie! I’m not going to be bump into him, he doesn’t live anywhere near where we’re going.”
“I thought you didn’t know where he moved to?”
“I might have done some, eh, some snooping.”
“You mean stalking?”
“No, I mean investigating,” I said, trying not to laugh.
“And what did Miss Marple discover?”
“Where he lives, as well as a phone number.”
Millie made a sound of disapproval but it wasn’t very convincing. “Well,” she continued, “Tell your mum to have a lovely time and I guess I’ll see you in Antigua.”
“You’ll see me before I leave. I’m leaving my car at yours, remember?”
“Oh yeah, I forgot. Ok, great, so I’ll see you then. Have fun in LA and don’t be sad.”
“I won’t,” I uttered, not quite believing it.