“What’s for dinner?” Eve asked as she stepped into the kitchen. She sat down at the small table and crossed her arms over her chest.
“Spaghetti,” her male companion said. He glanced over his shoulder at her. “How much time do we have?”
Eve closed her eyes for a second before opening them. “It’s lights out. As long as my body is in that cell, the guards will leave me alone.”
“Why don’t you go change?”
Eve looked down at the orange jumpsuit she wore every day for ten years. She stood and began undoing the buttons as she walked into the bedroom. Eve opened the closet and stared at the few dresses hanging inside. She took one out and quickly dressed in it.
She reemerged and sat down at the table. The man sat a plate of spaghetti in front of her.
He busied himself with cleaning up.
“Adam.” He continued with his clean up. “Adam?” He stopped and turned to look at her. “Will you sit down and eat with me?”
He wiped his hands on a dishrag and sat down across from her with his own plate of food.
“What’s wrong?” she asked twirling her fork around in her food.
“Do you know when it’s going to happen?”
“In a couple months,” she said. Eve looked down at her plate. “Is that why you’re acting so standoffish right now.”
“It’s not every day that you have to deal with the fact that your wife, the mother of your kids, the love of your life, is going to be killed.”
The sat silent for a while.
“You should let me see them.”
“You see them every day.”
“”You know what I mean, Eve. Let me get close to them.”
“I probably should have that wine,” Eve said as she stood up from the table.
“Don’t change the subject. It’s been over twenty years. They are going to need their father.”
“Why? So, they can know how much of a liar I am? Is that really the memory you want to leave them with?”
“Maybe you can fix this before you die and then it will give them some time to move past this.”
“Adam, I said no.” They stared at each other. Eve broke eye contact first and walked into the living room. She plopped down on the couch. “It wasn’t supposed to get this bad.”
Adam got up from the table and walked over to sit beside her. Eve turned to look at him. She ran her hands through his salt and pepper hair.
“I just need you to keep your promise to keep your distance.”
“It wasn’t really a promise,” Adam said. He turned to look at her. “Will it wear off when you-” his voice trailed off.
“I’m sorry. No,” she whispered. “It won’t.”
“So, nothing good comes out of this?”
“You know the rules.”
“Yeah. I can’t make contact unless they initiate it.”
“Eve, you know I love you. I will always love you, but I will never forgive you for what you did to me.”
Eve let out a sigh and moved her arm.
“Why do we have to talk about this right now?”
“When are we going to talk about this, Eve?”
“Those are my girls.”
“Those are our girls,” Adam said frustrated. “You didn’t make them yourself. I have always wanted to be apart of their lives but you won’t let me. I would think that with what’s coming, you would want us to know each other and you would want them to know everything about themselves.”
“You know how I feel about this.” Eve stood up. “I want them to be together always. I know that you think I’m doing the wrong thing. Hell, if my mother was still making visits she would probably agree with you, but I can’t do what you’re asking me to do. I just can’t.”
“Then there’s nothing left for us to say.” Adam stood and grabbed his jacket and keys. “Make sure you change before you leave.”
He walked out of the apartment without saying another word. Eve hung her head and her shoulders slumped. She only had a limited time with Adam and her girls and she didn’t want to spend that time arguing with him.
She stalked back into the bedroom and stripped out of the dress. She stepped into her orange jumpsuit. Eve tossed the uneaten food into containers and placed them inside of the refrigerator. She stood on the step that led from the living room into the kitchen and took a deep breath.
“You’re right. I do agree with him.”
Eve opened her eyes and sat up. She looked around her dark cell. An older black woman stepped out of the shadows.
“I haven’t seen you in a while,” Eve said.
“You are a grown woman. There wasn’t much reason for me to keep showing up. Besides, I’m dead. My time on this earth ending a long time ago.”
“Still. It would have been nice to know you were looking over me.”
“I will always watch over you. Just like you’ll watch over them when the time comes.”
“Don’t tell me you’re here to tell me that I should tell them the truth.”
“You made up your mind a long time ago and I know that there is no changing it. I just wish that you had done right by them.”
“I did the best I could ma,” Eve said. “They are going to need each other and they wouldn’t be able to have each other if I had been honest with them.”
“I know. Let’s not argue. I know you’ve had enough of that tonight. Rest. I’ll sit here while you fall asleep.”
“Eve lay back on the bed and closed her eyes. “I love you mommy.”
“I love you too, Pretty Girl.”