They were already late December, and approached the time of the dreaded separation. Manele, which not even considered the possibility of the transfer of his family, was preparing his departure, to take place in the early days of the new year.
She would stay in Mazello, with the children. He felt that her husband was more distant from her than ever before, that she was losing him. Christmas were arriving and it was the last event of the year, with her friends, in the Corner Café. Already they had, by telephone, the news of the transfer of Manele, the next day of the dinner of the company. And they had been impacted, especially Elisabeth, who didn´t could believe it.
-Take it easy, girl, we have us -the consolation of Laura did not raise her mood.
Elizabeth, even though she looked perfect, as it was customary, was distracted, absorbed, smoking a cigarette.
-She is right, Marcy -added without conviction.
The meeting was not, on that occasion, the sparkling grace of other times. They took their coffee, each one in their silence, when Laura was claimed to Marcy for something he had seen under her sweater sleeve.
-It is nothing, Lau…, I am going to the bathroom.
She locked herself in the toilet and took a small amount of permanent make-up, which always carried in the bag, and masked as she could the signals. She had the intuition that she had to wait a while, to avoid meeting someone.
Upon leaving, was Laura in the area of toilets.
-It wasn´t nothing, Marcy? Let me see... show me your arms!
She was going to be discovered, Marcy came down with force the cuffs of her jersey.
-Laura the perfect! Put yourself in your happy family life and leave me alone!
Her friend stayed standing, puzzled, and whispered some bewildered words of apology. At the time, both of them leaved the bathroom, with Marcy ahead. Marcy knew she had no right to treat Laura as well, that she had been reason to request explanations.
Shortly thereafter, the three friends were leaving the bar and said goodbye, wishing happy holidays with a class of forced enthusiasm.