Steve drops Mike at his apartment before taking the sisters back home. Ma suggests, rather strongly, that he get some rest. He admits he’d far rather nap with Sarena, but his mother makes the conversation uncomfortable, telling him to think of something other than sex.
“Go get a nap,” Ma chided. “A real one, with actual sleeping. When you’re in a better frame of mind, we’ll talk. We’re going over to clean and change bed linens at Molly’s. Then we’ll visit Jesse.”
“I won’t sleep that long,” I said, yawning. But I suspected I would sleep until woken.
My mother left, Sarena lingered for a minute.
“Sleep,” she told me. “You’ll need all your strength for tonight.”
I chuckled, pulling her to me. “You didn’t get anymore sleep than I did.”
“I had a nap. And I wasn’t working quite as hard as you were.” She ran her fingers up and…
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