Adieu by Derrida Jacques

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We just rented it a few months ago. Scratchy DVD, froze up a few times. Drives me frickin’ nuts when that happens. Gotta go Blu-ray and soon. ” Jessica thought, Daughter? Could this be the legendary Rose? “I didn’t know you had a daughter, Hell,” she said, probing. Hell beamed. In a flash, he had out his wallet, flipped open to a photograph of an adorable little blond girl sitting on a park bench, hugging the hell out of a black Labrador puppy. Crushing the puppy was more like it. Maybe the kid worked out with her dad.

Qxp 7/2/08 2:21 PM Page 36 36 R I C H A R D M O N TA N A R I In situations like this, Jessica was always careful to use the word we. She recalled her days in uniform, and how that word—uttered by some ancient detective of thirty or so, usually over some incredibly brutal scene of urban carnage—meant catching the bad guys was a joint effort. It mattered. For a moment, Officer Maria Caruso looked nervous. ” Jessica asked. “No, ma’am. ” “We are,” Jessica said. ” “Quite well, ma’am. ” Jessica just nodded.

She had one table, one chair, one bed, one dresser, no paintings or posters on the walls. Although she had a job, a duty, a litany of responsibilities to other people, she sometimes felt like a nomad, a woman unfettered by the shackles of urban life. Exhibit Number One: in the kitchen, four boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese that expired two years earlier. Every time she opened the cupboard she was reminded that she was relocating with food she would never eat. In the shower she thought about her session with the shrink.

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