The prison was crowded. Women and men, husbands and wives, daughters and sons, all crowding in to the visiting room. Fay stood on tiptoes, trying to see past the mass of moving bodies.
Finally she spotted him. He was sat alone behind a white table. She pushed and shoved her way through the crowd and crept up behind him. Gently she put her hands on his shoulders, leaned over and whispered boo into his ear.
She could feel his shoulders shake with laughter and the two of them smiled at each other before she sat down opposite him.
It had been two months since the court case. There was only one more month to go.
“You’re looking good.” Fay said. And it was true. Dan’s face seemed smoother, the bags under his eyes had nearly gone. He looked more alive. He smiled again.
“And you’re looking perfect.” Fay giggled. It had been a hard two months. Lying in bed by herself, eating alone. But hardest of all was walking down the street, shopping, any out door activity.
Everybody knew. The all turned their heads away when she said hello, and she could feel the watching eyes on the back of her head as she walked away.
She had seen Jane twice. Once in Morisons and a second time outside the news agency. Both times the two of them had acted as if they didn’t know each other.
Fay wanted to leave her old life behind. Move on.
“How’s life outside these walls?” Dan asked.
Fay didn’t want to worry him about the watching eyes so she replied, “alright, I suppose. But I cant wait until you get back home. It’s so empty without you.”
Dan leaned over and squeezed her hand. “Just twenty nine more days.”
“I’m counting.” They sat there a little longer, in silence, just looking at each other.
“I’m getting better.” Fay looked puzzled. “The alcohol, I don’t crave it so much.” Fay smiled gently. She knew it must be hard for him. “It’s funny though, sat in a circle, being asked if I have anything to share. I reply, “Yes, my names Dan and I’m an alcoholic.”” Fay giggled at the funny voice he had put on. He carried on, “everyone claps and then I go “Alcohol made me do bad things that I didn’t want to do”” He started giggling too and in the end he couldn’t continue.
When it was time for Fay to leave the two of them were still giggling, the tears streaming down their faces. Before she left, Fay kissed Dan on the lips and whispered “I love you.”
And he replied, “I love you too.”