Esmé didn’t answer her phone, so Jason left her a message. She’s probly in a lecture, he thought. He sent her a text message as well. He wanted all his friends to be together when he told them.
Esmé was old-fashioned about using her smart-phone in lectures. She turned it to silent when she was in one. So she only saw the message when she went to get lunch in one of the uni cafés. She had a prac until 5, but she could walk from the uni to Brunswick Street and get to the café by 5.30. She texted back her acceptance.
She wondered what he wanted to tell her. He was special. She was in love with Keith but Jason was kind and he had a lovely smile and he treated her as a real person. Keith and Jason and their friends might not be perfect, but they were incomparably better than her father—and her mother, too. But she thought more charitably of her mother now. Even though she was still angry at her mother for not protecting her when she’d been abused, she understood intellectually, if not in her heart, how afraid her mother must have been. She thought back to an article she’d read in the newspaper, about battered women and how they often went back to their husbands because they had no alternative, financially, or stayed with them because they were afraid. The article said that nearly a hundred women a year died in domestic violence. She could believe it.
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