Violet stared up at Victor, astounded. Later…much later she would attribute shock to her, shall we say, hesitation. She more than hesitated, if truth be told. Her mind whirled with the fantasy which she had only just been imagining. She knew she was a mere spec of a millimeter from saying yes. She wanted so very desperately to say yes and she might have done so if it hadn’t been for Carmencita awakening just then with a piercing shriek.
“The baby,” she said, instantly reacting to her cries as any mother would. She tried pushing away from Victor, but he held her tightly pressed against him.
“Lucia will go to her,” he said, just as Lucia, without being told, did indeed jump out of the pool, grabbing a towel first, then going to tend to her little sister.
“Victor, please,” Violet whispered, again trying to push away and again he held her fast.
“Please, Violet, just say yes,” he pleaded.
She opened her mouth, not quite knowing what she would say and then…