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By Rick DeMarinis

Regardless of the world's insecurities, the commonest drama of all isn't of apocalypse now, yet of apocalypse deferred; the soreness of dwelling is having to attend it out. In Apocalypse Then, DeMarinis's characters try out alcohol, they struggle commute, and (most of all) they fight off-limits love. They locate themselves in harm's means, or positioned themselves there--but in lifestyles, because the name tale states, "sometimes the worst doesn't happen."

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Whether she loved me or not didn’t come into it. But twenty-seven years of marriage can do funny things. Plenty of couples, they start off loving each other, then get tired of each other, end up hating each other. Sometimes though it goes the other way. It took a few years, but bit by bit, Lindy began to love me. I didn’t dare believe it at first, but after a while there was nothing else to believe. A little touch on my shoulder as we were getting up from a table. A funny little smile across the room when there wasn’t anything to smile about, just her fooling around.

Vittorio called out softly, reaching out his hand, and after a few seconds, Mr. Gardner got to his feet and climbed out. By the time I too had climbed out with my guitar—I wasn’t going to beg any free rides from Vittorio—Mr. Gardner had his wallet out. Vittorio seemed pleased with what he was given, and with his usual fine phrases and gestures, he got back in his gondola and set off down the canal. We watched him disappear into the dark, then next thing, Mr. Gardner was pushing a lot of notes into my hand.

Honey, I’ve told you. ” He hadn’t shouted exactly, but his voice was suddenly hard and angry, and now there was a strange silence. Then Mr. Gardner himself broke it, saying gently: “I’m sorry, honey. ” He reached out a hand and grasped one of hers. I’d kind of expected her to shake him off, but instead, she moved in her chair so she was closer to him, and put her free hand over their clasped pair. They sat there like that for a few seconds, Mr. Gardner, his head bowed, his wife gazing emptily past his shoulder, across the square towards the Basilica, though her eyes didn’t seem to be seeing anything.

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