We hung around the apartment until the tape ran off one side. Jonathan and Clare are being polite – they also like Van’s music, but use it as background music for a conversation. Clare asked polite questions about my trip and about my previous life with Jonathan, I suspect I might have answered her timidly with smiles and sweat. I couldn’t concentrate on listening to music in that room When the first side of the tape ran out, we went out. Clare donned an old leather jacket, with a white peace symbol painted on the back. Somehow I found her understanding, even though she seemed to be the most confusing person I’ve ever met. She had an ostentatious openness – a loud personality that didn’t seem to hide anything. She makes you feel bad that you can hold her hand as you walk down the street.
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