THE SUNSET HOTEL - MARY'S
you don't get off of that couch and away from that blasted radio, I'm going to
throw it out the window!" Mary
Albany stood with her hands on her hips in the doorway of the living room as
she glared at her daughter. "All you do since you left Charles
and moved into this penthouse with me is sit and listen to your stories.
How many more silly situations can Helen
Trent get herself into? Why, you haven't even been to one of your
auxiliary meetings at the hospital
"Why should I?" Francis
asked solemnly as she switched off the radio as the last commercial began to
play. "All of those women just sitting around looking at me and
feeling sorry for poor little Francis."
"Oh, nonsense!" Mary walked over to the couch
and sat down beside her. "I saw Mrs. Campbell at Lerner's
just the other day and she was asking about you. She wanted to know how
you were doing since she hadn't seen you."
"Corrine Campbell is a vicious harpy and you know it!"
Francis sat upright and glared at her mother. "She's not happy unless
she's got some horrible piece of gossip to tell to all the auxiliary members!
I certainly hope you didn't tell her anything. It's bad enough that
everyone's wondering why I took Maggie
and left Charles to move in here with you. I don't need them knowing all
the horrible details of what Charles did!"
"Honey, are you sure leaving your husband was the right
choice?" Mary gently patted Francis on the shoulder as she wrapped
her arms around her in support.
"Mother, I love Charles with all of my heart. That's
something that will never change, but I can't forget what he did with Annabelle.
I can't forgive him for hurting me like this."
"Well, I just wanted to be sure. You let that man
make a fool out of you. You can't let that happen again. You are too
good for that."
"I know, mother, I know." Francis tried to fight
back her tears. "But I don't know how I can get past this. How
can I get over this betrayal?"
Mary silently looked at her daughter and wished she had an