Elle: Hi, Ruby, it’s Elle.
Ruby: Oh, hi! How’s it going?
Elle: Fine. How have you been?
Ruby: Pretty good. Didn’t Ginger say you met someone?
Elle: Yeah – he’s great. We should all get together or something…
Ruby: That sounds like fun. Maybe when Ginger gets back from her trip, we can all get together and see a movie.
Elle: Yeah – that sounds great! So…speaking of Ginger…
Ruby: She sent you a postcard asking you to check in on me, didn’t she?
Elle: She sent five.
Ruby: Wow. She sent Fly three.
Elle: She asked your husband to check in on you?
Ruby: More like she sent him scripts of what to say in case I am, let’s see…I think she said I might be “weeping myself to sleep due to a lack of Ginger on a regular basis.”
Elle: Wow. Someone has a high opinion of herself.
Ruby: At least she cares, right?
Elle: Yeah, that’s what we’re going with.
Ruby: …how did she get five postcards to you already?
Elle: I’m pretty sure she mailed three of them before she left.
Ruby: How can you be sure?
Elle: Postmark is from the airport.
Ruby: Well, no one said she doesn’t think her insanity through.
Elle: So, you can let her know I checked in on you when she asks.
Elle: You know she will ask, right?
Ruby: I know.
Elle: …out of curiosity…did you get any postcards from her about checking in on me?
Ruby: I got two a week when she first moved out of the apartment you shared, but because I didn’t do anything about it, she told me that task would never fall to me again.
Elle: Makes sense.
Ruby: …but she did send me two postcards saying if I didn’t check in on you, I wouldn’t get the extra special present she bought for me.
Elle: Were you going to check in on me?
Ruby: The postmark on both postcards were from her parents’ house. I’m pretty sure she mailed them the day she got there for Christmas.
Elle: Yeah, it does.
Ruby: So, dinner when she gets back?
Elle: Sounds like a plan. We’ll both say the other called to check in on each other, right?
Ruby: Well, obviously. Otherwise, how will we get that extra special present she’s forgetting to buy us right now?
Elle: You think she’s forgetting to buy us presents?
Ruby: It’s Ginger. She forgets to eat if we don’t remind her.
Elle: This is true.
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Ginger: Hm. I feel…something…it’s like…there’s a gaping hole…in my middle… Is it normal to feel faint if all you’ve consumed in a day is fourteen cups of coffee?
Passerby: Γιατί είναι αυτή η παράξενη γυναίκα γλείφει τα κουτιά σουβενίρ κουτάλι ;
Ginger: …I miss Ruby…