Yvette bundled Jamie's clothes under her arm and said, "I live in
another country, under another name."
Abby looked at her, astonished, and whispered, "Why?"
"I married Teddy, when he was a pilot in the war," Yvette said. "And
I moved here from Canada and changed my name to his."
"That's not the same thing," Jamie said. "She didn't do anything
But it had felt wrong, leaving her father, who hadn't wanted her to
go. "I did leave my family and my country," Yvette said. "And I never
went back. I always thought I would."
Jamie shrugged in grudging acceptance. "Okay," he said to Abby, "so
the song's about your grandma. It's about Canadians getting married and
moving to California and serving the war effort and the holy Trinity."
"Oh, Jamie," Yvette said, and she laughed, embarrassed, and
took the wash to the machine.
Yvette cooked Jamie's favorite meals -- enchiladas and chiles
rellenos for dinner, poached eggs and toast soldiers for breakfast --
and they became Abby's favorites. When Clarissa or Henry called, Yvette
was careful not to praise Jamie too much and make them feel they were
being replaced, because she didn't see any benefit to their reclaiming
their daughter yet. Abby was blissfully happy, and Jamie had a devotee
and a life at the beach. If Henry was working, and Clarissa was off
finding herself, then they were all where they wanted to be.
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