As it turned out, Paul’s apology was not only accepted, he was invited to join Matt, Tony, and Deshawn at the Cooper residence for an impromptu pizza and movie party with Rebecca, the Watanabe sisters and Jodi and Tiffany. Eddie made a point of inviting Senator Marley, as well, to Sharon’s dismay. Then Eddie insisted that Sharon join the party. Karen Tanaka and her boyfriend Hideo would also be there, as would June.
In the confusion of who would ride with whom, and given that there was an extra car, Mark managed to get Sharon alone in the presidential limo with him.
“I know what you’re wondering,” Mark told her as soon as the car was in motion.
“I don’t know that it makes any difference,” Sharon said, her voice filled with frost in spite of her obvious effort to appear unconcerned.
“Janet’s not my girlfriend. We’re just good friends,” Mark said.
“Like I said, it’s not supposed to make any difference,” Sharon said, although the frost seemed to be melting a touch. “And just because you’re not seeing Senator Marley doesn’t mean you’re not seeing anyone else.”
Mark sighed. “I suppose. For the record, I’m not.”
“Actually,” Mark said, “you’d probably know it if I was. June always does. She may not know who, but she knows when I’m seeing someone.”
Sharon looked him over, pondering the thought. “I just bet I could. But since I’m not supposed to care, it’s really a moot point, isn’t it?”
“Technically, yes,” Mark gazed out the window, trying not to say what he really wanted to say.
They reached the Coopers’ home soon after and while the teens got into a very animated debate over what movies to see, Sharon found a spot in the living room next to June.
“You do not look happy,” June said.
Sharon shrugged. “I saw your brother and Senator Marley having a touching moment together.”
“Oh. You’re jealous.” June grinned. “That’s a good sign.”
“June, I can’t get involved with him, no matter what I’d like to do. It’s not going to work.”
“Of course not, my darling.” June took a sip of her white wine. “But if it makes you feel any better, he’s not seeing anyone. I can always tell when he’s getting some, and he’s not.”
“That’s what he said.” Sharon glared at the red wine in her glass. “That sounds kind of creepy when you think about it.”
June shrugged. “Not really. He just gets this kind of happy look and I know he’s met someone. It doesn’t last too long, usually. At least, the look doesn’t and in one case, I know he was still going out with the woman in question for a long time after the look faded.”
“Huh. I wonder why other people don’t notice.”
“You have to be close to him.” June suddenly swallowed back a sigh. She glanced over at Sharon, who hadn’t noticed.
There was one other person who always noticed when Mark got his happy look and June didn’t want that person anywhere near Sharon.
Sharon had gotten a text on her phone and was absorbed in whatever it was. June smiled at her and wandered into the media room.