After he deposits her at the therapist’s office, he goes down to the bookstore café and settles in for an afternoon espresso. Before very long, the therapist shows up, too, and she’s with him. They look like a couple, out for an afternoon on the town.
They don’t see him right away, and it seems to him that he’s watching two people he’s never met before. He wants to go over and tell them what a lovely couple they are, how he wishes he had a girlfriend as lovely as she, but he tries to keep his mind on his coffee instead, even though it’s so suddenly bitter.
A few minutes later, she spots him at his corner table and waves but doesn’t smile.