Sunday, June 10, 2012
Ginger has just met her online boyfriend Roger for the first time, and his sister shows up unexpectedly during dinner. Roger runs a hotel in Germany and Ginger has arrived with a tour group. His sister is grilling her about her life in New Jersey.
“You live in New Jersey, isn’t that right? What do you do there?”
“I run a Victorian tea room.” It had seemed glamorous when she started the business a couple of years ago, but saying it now, out loud to Selbrinna, it seemed a bit like playing houses.
“Oh. Well, Americans like that kind of thing I understand. High tea and all that?”
A throbbing started between Ginger’s eyes. “Yes. And what do you do?”
“I’m married to a minister.”
“A minister of a church?”
Selbrinna laughed and the throbbing in Ginger's head intensified. “Oh, no. The Minister of Internal Affairs. I thought Roger would have told you.”
“No, I didn’t.” Roger’s voice was smooth but there was a note of warning in it.
Selbrinna kept her gaze fixed on Ginger. “Apparently there are a lot of things he hasn’t told you, but then running the hotel takes up so much of his time that he has very little left for socializing. Do enjoy your stay.” She drained her glass and got up, leaving her plate untouched, and kissed Roger again. “I’ll speak with you when you’re done here.”
His eyes flashed. “We’re going swimming.”
“Well, when you’re done swimming then. It was lovely to meet you, Ginger.”
Good lord, she said it like she was referring to a dog. Here, Ginger. “It was lovely to meet you, too.”