Suddenly, sadness washed over Alice. “I called my friend Thelma today. She says I’m dreaming. She says I’ll never pull this off and that I was stupid to piss Jake off.”
“You are dreaming.” Helene walked over to Alice. “But that’s how we make our lives better. First, we dream how we want them to be, then we take steps to make our dreams come true.”
The room grew quiet as the sisters sat together.
“I guess next week we all go back to our lives,” Alice said. “They just won’t be the same lives. So much has changed so fast. It’s like a whirlwind has puffed me up, spun me around, and dropped me off at another spot. I’m the same me, but everything around me is different.”
“You’re not the same you.” Suzanne smiled. “You’re different. We’re all different.”
“But how can we be? It’s only been a little over a month.” Alice asked.
“I guess when life’s whirlwinds pick you up and spin you around, you’ve got to change or give up and die, and we’re not the kind to give up and die,” Helene said.
“What about you, Helene? Will you keep trying?” Alice asked. “Or will you go back to what you had?”
“I can’t go back to that,” Helene admitted. “You two have shamed me into doing something about my marriage. My problems seem small compared to the ones you’re both tackling, and neither of you will give me a moment’s peace if I quit.”
“You’re right,” Suzanne said.
“And we’re gonna keep checking up on you.” Alice playfully pointed her finger at Helene.
“And I’ll be checking up on you too. You’re no longer going to be rid of me.” Helene placed her arm around Alice’s shoulder.
“Good.” Alice leaned her head against Helene.
“I don’t think we’ll ever be the same after these last weeks,” Helene said.
“And who would have thought it would be for the better?” Alice’s grin covered her entire face.
Suzanne laughed. “We came face-to-face with our past, held it in a death grip, and came out winners.” She paused. “We did come out winners, didn’t we?”
The three sisters sat in silence. Only the future could answer that question.
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