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I laughed with my aunt. She was a day drinker and her tumbler contained a warm colored bourbon. The smell enveloped the room. I couldn’t accept a glass because I was driving. She regaled me with stories of her mahjong gals and how one of them is a known cheater. They would have kicked her out of the group, but her exquisite Pineapple Upside down cake saves her every time. My aunt’s stories were humorous and the hours flew, as we changed her bedding and moved her winter clothes. I told her I had to leave and she hugged me hard. She told me to drive carefully and handed me a brown paper bag. I told her I didn’t need anything. As she shut the door, she said, one day you might.

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