Sleight of Hand (2011)

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In the mornings, Jenny gets up and gives Sarah her breakfast. She claims to be unable to lie in any later these days anyway, and that certainly isn’t a problem I share. At nine, she wakes me with a m...ug of tea and returns upstairs to bed.
I walk Sarah to nursery and pick up any shopping we need on the way home.
When I get back, I Skype Ricardo – the only moment in our corresponding timezones when this is possible. We talk for at least an hour every day. We discuss Jenny’s illness (Ricardo is disgusted that the NHS still haven’t given her any indication of what’s wrong, something he calls worse-than-third-world-service). We talk about Jenny’s mourning and Ricardo suggests that I find a way to get us out of her mother’s house – clearly a great idea with no apparent solution.
Because Ricardo brings the subject up, we repeatedly discuss Tom as well. I detect a note of jealousy in his repeated probings about Tom’s presence (which so far has been limited to a few crisp phone calls to enquire about Jenny.) Ricardo’s jealousy irritates me, but of course it reassures me too.
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