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I went into them, relieved, and hugged him hard. Then I could say it. "I'm sorry, Owen. " He kissed the top of my head. " Another kiss. "Me too. Look, I need a little time by myself, Mel. " He released me and checked his watch. "It's about three hours until dinner time. I think I'll hit the casino for a bit and meet you there. " It wasn't, really. I had no idea what to do on my own. But I wasn't surprised he wanted to be alone. He referred to the office in his apartment, where we'd be living after the wedding, as his 'man cave', and though we hadn't been together long he'd retreated in there many times when upset or confused.
More than enough people had expressed shock that I was marrying Owen so soon; I didn't want to hear anything of the sort from Nicholas. "I know. " He laughed. "You aren't. Trust me. " His eyes widened. "Austin, I mean. " I leaned back in my chair, feeling even more tension draining from me as amusement took its place. "I have no siblings so I don't know but from what I hear people often find their siblings annoying. " He smiled again. "You hear right. They're all okay, obviously, but we just want different things from this trip.
Linda rolled her eyes. "Austin, honestly. " "God, I hope not," he said. " It hit me, horribly, that he didn't remember my name. Name. I turned to Owen, trying not to flinch at the shock and anger in his eyes. I hadn't done anything wrong, to him anyhow. " I managed. "Oh, it's just Owen being silly, Mel," Linda said. "When Austin was born Owen was hugely into cars and when he heard the baby's name he thought I was buying an Aston Martin car. " She chuckled. " "Of course not. " Owen sounded like his voice was clenching its fists.
All at sea by Philip Ardagh; Tig Sutton