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Chapter 23 The Accident

Chapter 23 The Accident

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Published by Henry Taft Miller
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The Accident
The girls will be away for the holiday, so Lina’s staying with me the whole week. Then we’ll share Christmas dinner with her family. I’m glad she doesn’t mind that I’m younger; she even clowns around with me like a kid herself We still must see what comes of the holiday, though, with Roman’s discomfort. Aunt Mary has him sleeping upstairs now so he won’t have to face people traipsing in and out. I feel bad for him and hope he lives through Christmas. > Lina just met Felix, and he
23
The Accident
The girls will be away for the holiday, so Lina’s staying with me the whole week. Then we’ll share Christmas dinner with her family. I’m glad she doesn’t mind that I’m younger; she even clowns around with me like a kid herself We still must see what comes of the holiday, though, with Roman’s discomfort. Aunt Mary has him sleeping upstairs now so he won’t have to face people traipsing in and out. I feel bad for him and hope he lives through Christmas. > Lina just met Felix, and he

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23
The Accident
The girls will be away for the holiday, so Lina’s staying with me thewhole week. Then we’ll share Christmas dinner with her family.
 I’m glad she doesn’t mind that I’m younger; she even clowns around withme like a kid herself 
We still must see what comes of the holiday, though, with Roman’sdiscomfort. Aunt Mary has him sleeping upstairs now so he won’t haveto face people traipsing in and out.
 I feel bad for him and hope he lives through Christmas.
>
Lina just met Felix, and he says he’ll be around for Christmas, soshe informs him we’ll go to her sister’s home for dinner.“I won’t impose then.”“You won’t be,” she assures him, “I’m sure the family would be gladto have you.He still insists he won’t tag along unless he’s personally invited byAunt Mary.Aunt Mary told Lina she expects me and my boyfriend to come totheir holiday dinner.
Since Lina likes Felix, I hope he'll grow interested 
 
in her and let me alone.
>
It’s Christmas, and we’ve brought fruits and goodies to add to theAspectos’ gracious table.“Roman is worse,” says Aunt Mary, “but he’d be glad to see you.”When I go upstairs to find him quite ill, he manages to smile andwhisper, “Hi.” He doesn’t say much so I promise to check on him later.If there’s anything you’d like, we’ll bring it to you.”He thanks me, and before I even reach the stairway, he falls asleep.Back in the kitchen, as usual we feed the men first. Then after everyone’s eaten, we sit to chat. ‘Felix is so handsome,” they rave,“don’t let him get away.”I’m thinking,
how stupid,
 but we have a good time visiting.Since Lina, Felix, and I don’t work tomorrow, we return to Pasay tovisit on my porch. Then when she and I retire at one-thirty a.m., the people downstairs are still partying.Anyway, Christmas is over, and soon it will be New Years.184
>
Lina treated Felix and me to New Year’s Eve dinner here at theChinese restaurant where she’s a waitress. Since it’s a big night with
 
live music, she suggests we stay to watch others dance.So we listen to this band play Hawaiian music and special requests.When I spot the family that owns and operates the local theater,their son makes his way to our table. “Haven’t I met you before?”I nod. “You’re the guy who owns the movie house, right?”“No, my father owns it, but I greet customers. That must be where Isaw you--good to see you again.”“The same here.” Once he’s gone, I notice Felix’ strangeexpression.Lina does also and begins telling him about her family and howRoman’s dying of tuberculosis. Her other brother lives in La Union butoccasionally visits. “I like my job,” she continues, “tips are good, andour boss doesn’t hold back a percentage. Yes, I’m doing quite well.”Evidently, customers prefer her service and will wait in line if necessary.Their claim is that she puts them at ease for a more enjoyable meal.At this moment, some patrons arrive to ask if she might wait onthem tonight.She’s quite thrilled that they commend her service. “This is my dayoff. But if you return tomorrow, I’ll be here and be glad to serve you.”I feel good to be out with my friends, but Felix is tired of peoplestopping to say “Hi” to me. Also, since it’s nearly ten o’clock, he wants

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