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Della cherished t o bitch i n her jokey-angry manner that Gladys had " misplaced" her driver's license, which meant-what? She'd misplaced it, the way in which humans misplaced issues ? lost it? Or had one of many policemen taken it from her, to pun ish her, whilst Norma Jeane hadn't been round ? 18 • BLONDE something Norma Jeane knew: She did not dare ask Gladys. Off sundown they became onto an aspect road, after which one other, and eventually onto los angeles Mesa, a slender, disappointing road of small companies, diners, "cocktail " lounges, and house structures; Gladys acknowledged this used to be her "new local i am in basic terms simply getting to know, and feeling so welcome in. " Gladys defined that The Studio used to be "only a six-minute force away. " there have been "personal purposes" she used to be dwelling right here, too complex to give an explanation for. yet Norma Jeane might see- "It's a part of your shock. " Gladys parked the auto in entrance of an inexpensive Spanish-style stucco development with decaying eco-friendly awnings and disfiguring fireplace escapes. THE HACIENDA. ROOMS & EFFICENCY APTS WEEKLY per 30 days condo INQUIRE inside. the road quantity used to be three eight 7. Norma Jeane stared, memorizing what she observed; she was once a digital camera taking snapshots; in the future she may be misplaced and feature to discover her as far back as this position she'd by no means noticeable earlier than till this second, yet with Gladys such moments have been pressing, hugely charged and mysterious, to make your pulse beat not easy as with a drug. Like amphetamine it used to be, that cost. As via my lifestyles i might search it. Making my method like a sleepwalker out of my existence again to los angeles Mesa to the Hacienda as to where on Highland road the place i used to be a baby back, in her cost back, less than her spell back, and the nightmare had no longer but hap pened. Gladys observed the glance on Norma Jeane's face that Norma Jeane herself couldn't see, and laughed. "Birthday woman! you are simply six as soon as. it's possible you'll now not even stay to be seven, foolish. Let's move. " Norma Jeane's hand used to be sweaty so Gladys declined to take it, as a substitute prodding the kid to maneuver along with her gloved fist, frivolously, in fact, playfully directing her up the marginally crumbling outdoors steps of the Hacienda and within into an oven-hot inside, a flight of gritty linoleum-covered stairs "There's an individual watching for us, and i am afraid he could be getting impatient. Come on. " They moved quickly. They ran. Galloping upward. Gladys in her glam orous excessive heels, without warning panicked-or was once she enjoying at being panicked ? was once this certainly one of her scenes? Upstairs, either mom and daughter have been pant ing. Gladys unlocked the door of her "residence, " which became out to be no longer very varied from the previous place of dwelling Norma Jeane vaguely recalled. there have been 3 cramped rooms with stained wallpaper and stained ceil ings, slender home windows, sheets of free linoleum on naked floorboards, a cou ple of Mexican rag rugs, a leaky-smelly icebox and a double-burner sizzling plate and dishes within the sink and glossy black roaches like watermelon seeds scut tling away noisily at their method. Tacked to the kitchen partitions have been posters of movies with which Gladys were concerned and of which she was once proud Kiki with Mary Pickford, All Quiet at the Western entrance with Lew Ayres, urban lighting with Charlie Chaplin, at whose soulful eyes Norma Jeane may perhaps THE tub • 19 stare and stare, confident Chaplin was once seeing her.