He was always on the outside. He spoke constantly, never spoke a sentence with any hesitation but never said much of anything either. He was animated and called everyone by their last names. He thought he was charming but he was more of an irritant. Alice put up with him because she thought no one else would love her. And she was right.
He played guitar. He played piano. He wore Alice’s underwear sometimes when he was alone in the house. He never did the dishes but always made her breakfast. They claimed they were happy. I think they would have meant it if they could have understood the concept. They never raised their voices except when they were talking about money. Alice only really ever talked about money and who was doing the chores.
He wanted to have a child but she was worried about her figure. He wanted to have a family but she didn’t feel maternal. He wanted to have some company but she thought she should be enough. He wanted to have a boy, just like him, but she didn’t want “an audience”. When he was young he wanted to remember everything. As he’s gotten older, he is happier to forget.