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Chapter Forty One: Broadway on The Brain.
While Isabel settled down to watch television, Hera was pacing in front of the full mirror in the Twins' room. "I am the greatest!" Hera exclaimed to her reflection. "I am the best! The most marvelous! Ugh."
The reflection followed her gestures. Hera got emboldened enough to continue telling herself what she thought.
She added a note asking her mother to check on Francesca's dad's health, too.
So it came to pass that Hera gave Francesca some piano lessons the next day. Rather, it was letting her housemate stretch her fingers on something besides literature.
"I'll give you a chance, Fran. Play any song you like from memory," Hera said. "I won't criticize you unless you need help with the notes."
In reply, Francesca held up a music player the size of a quarter. "I was listening to these songs on this."
"Where'd you get that?"
"Birthday present, my mom gave it to me."
"Your mom is actually pretty swell," Hera said. "Even if she criticized your choice of color for a reason."
Francesca smiled. "Thanks. Dad's illness made me reconsider a lot of things," the brown-haired girl said. "We don't have very long in this world."
"Not unless god wills it," Hera said. She looked out of the window. "The Lions should be back any time now."
So it was. The Lion Twins were greeted warmly when they got back from work.
Next chapter: Library Trip.