Spoiler Alert - Don't read unless you've read 86% of The Summer Garden.
OK. I lived through it. The cheating. And it wasn't easy. No siree, it was not. What got me through? The fact that Shura came clean. He told Tania everything that happened, right down to the last sordid, disgusting, puke-worthy detail. And I agree with Tania; I wouldn't have wanted to hear it either. But she had to know - in order to move past it - and continue to be as close with Shura. Or she'd always be wondering. I can only hope he told her how gross he ultimately thought Cha Cha - I mean Carmen was. Ugh and that girdle?! That had me in hysterics...because Shannon and I always joke that if we were ever in a position to have to date again, we'd have to excuse ourselves before the moment of truth to go to the bathroom and remove our Spanx.
OK - back to the matter at hand. One minute I was (reluctantly) forgiving Shura for getting some strange in the back seat of a Ford sedan...and the next I'm trotting through North Vietnam, looking for (that dumbass who I can't help but love) Anthony. And Moon Lai? UGH! I will fully admit that - at this point - I want NOTHING to do with her and her pregnant ass. She can "Me love you long time" her rear end right out of the story and I won't even care. I am honestly praying that something is amiss with Ant's letter and that child is not his. Perhaps I'll change my mind when he is found and I am shown how "in love" they are or something...but for right now I'd kindof like Alexander to "accidentally" throw a grenade in her path. (Oh my karma is BOILING for saying that.) I mean seriously. Don't you want a nice, sweet girl for Antman? Hell - I kindof liked the idea of him being with Vikki! They're so star-crossed...their story should be in Songs of Love and Death.
And speaking of bad karma - I am so thrilled to be finished with Saika, I don't know what to do with myself. I will admit, I wasn't really thrilled at how they left her dying in the woods - but she deserved it, let's be honest. Frankly, I think Marina deserved it too. How long do you go on playing that "I didn't knowwwww" game? Tania is so good. She knows that blood is thicker than water. And I am trying to think of all the ways that portion of the Luga stories relates to the current portion of the book (you know...like Saika's leeches and Shura's Cholla) besides the obvious; traipsing around the jungle in Vietnam.
OK girls and boys - I must get back to it. Shura is calling me from the bamboo. I can't leave him alone for too long...you know how he gets.