Claire took Christine to Nordstrom, her favorite department store. It was her little way of giving to the family-owned Seattle franchise; it helped her feel closer to her beloved west coast city. They both needed to be outfitted, Claire because of the fire, Christine because of her overnight weight loss.
Christine was a smaller 35 year old than her size had been at 65. And Claire, she couldn’t wear Rachel’s jeans for the upcoming vote.
“Christine, can you help me with this sling?”
Christine had been silent since her outburst, but her kind, motherly ways were inherent so she gently helped Claire with the clothes. Without taking her eyes away from her work, she said, “You’re lucky the bullet hit your arm. I think Stephen has gone mad. That kind of thing can happen when your country is at war with itself.”
“You don’t like me much, do you, Christine?”
She continued to help dressing Claire while answering, “Stephen wrongfully calls Eve a traitor. In reality, she’s a hero. Our country may destroy itself completely because of her, but the suppression had to stop. All she did is reveal the truth. The real traitor of this country is the one who allowed the suppression to become legal.”
“Christine, I’m not the monster that you believe I am, you don’t have all the facts.”
“You have peaceful protesting in your streets. The protesters in my streets are being massacred. Why couldn’t you answer Kurt’s question? How can you not be decided about your vote, Claire? Eve showed you what her life is like. The Conchita incident is the norm there.”
Christine finished with her work and stood back to look at her. “There, you look like a distinguished woman in this suit, its perfect.”
“So you think my vote can change the future?”
“I know that you must try, Claire. That’s all I know.” She giggled and then said, “I don’t have a crystal ball, how would I know what the future holds?”
“Well, the woman is a comedian. Please help me out of this. I want to get the three outfits you tried, and this one for me.”
Claire’s phone buzzed, it was Clancy.
“Senator, just thought you’d like to know. Charlie Madsen, a Democratic Senator from Arizona is on board to vote with us. Looks like we won’t need you after all.”
The line went dead.
Click Follow to receive emails when this author adds content on Bublish