The camera focuses on the pair as they sit comfortably on the park bench. They appear to be oblivious to their surroundings. Gilbert kisses the top of her head as it rests on his shoulder, “It was easy to get over him. I think I was more enamored with the idea of him than the man himself.”
“His loss. I should thank him for falling for the wrong woman.”
Suzi giggles and falls quiet, “Gilbert.”
“What is it, Honey?”
“I never told him.”
“Not even when he called?”
“How could I? He was so angry. He was so desperate. He’s losing the woman he loves, how could I tell him?”
“Are you going to tell him?”
Gilbert scoops her up and plants her on his lap, he looks at her, their eyes meet. “You should tell the man. Its his right to know.”
Suzi’s eyes search his face, “You’re not disappointed in me? For what I did?”
Gilbert smiles reassuringly, “No. Like you said, you were young. Do you ever think of him? Wonder where he is, what he’s doing?”
Suzi nods slowly, “Constantly. I console myself saying he’s better off without me.”
Gilbert kisses her nose softly, “No one is better off without you.”
Suzi moans softly, making Gilbert chuckle, “Again?”
Suzi blushes deeply and nods. Gilbert shakes his head, “Sorry, Honey. The sun is coming up. Our time is almost at an end.”
Gilbert pulls her closer, nuzzling her neck as she giggles happily. “Tell him.”
“You need to tell him.”
She pulls away looking at him, searching his face and nods slowly. “You’re sure?”
Gilbert stands, still cradling her in his arms. “If I had a son… trust me, I’d want to know.”
He gently places her on the ground beside the taxi, opens the door and lets her enter first.
They enter the house to find Brandon waiting for them in the front hall, Suzi’s steps stagger momentarily, stunned. She smiles nervously at him, almost guiltily. Gilbert simply makes his to the stairs. “Have a good time on your date.”
Brandon eyes Suzi quietly, “Oh. Oh! Right, thanks.” Suzi blushes deeply. She removes her shoes at the front door under Brandon’s scrutiny. He hasn’t said a word, simply watching quietly as he broods.
Gilbert smirks as he says his farewells, “Right then. Good night.”
“Morning.” Brandon corrects him.
Gilbert simply shrugs and keeps walking.
Suzi moves to pass Brandon on her way to her bedroom. “I’ll um… be ready in a minute, Brandon.”
Brandon shakes his head, “Take your time. Why not take a nap. We can head out when you’re ready.” Brandon refuses to make eye contact in order to hide his disappointment. “Thanks Brandon. I’ll be ready in a few hours.”
Brandon nods slowly, “Night, Suzi.”
Brandon stays in the hallway, rooted to the spot. He looks up towards where Gilbert had gone, his eyes narrowing. Moments pass as he stands there simply staring, a range of emotions crossing his handsome face. At long last he sighs and shakes his head, he looks at the camera man shrugs and tries to smile.
The camera fades as the unseen audience watches him walk towards the garden out back to begin the morning chores alone.
Across the black screen three words are appear, ‘To be continued…’
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