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After Marcie split for a ph.d. candidate from Wellesley

(who was willing to at least entertain the idea of having kids)

Peppermint moved to Provincetown, swearing to this day

it had nothing to do with the Japanese sculptress she met

<wbr/>After Marcie split for a Ph.D. candidate from Wellesley<wbr />

(who was willing to at least entertain the idea of having kids)

Peppermint moved to Provincetown, swearing to this day

it had nothing to do with the Japanese sculptress she met

at Schroeder’s Carnegie Hall post-performance cocktail party. 

Didn’t take long for the then-‘curious’ Hiroko to be charmed

by Patty’s casual directness (so unlike what she knew in Tokyo).

And took even less time, after they shacked up, to sense 

Marcie was a ghost in their bed. The second time Patty asked

to be called Sir, Hiroko packed all her welding equipment 

and returned to New York City, where her work was featured 

at a premiere gallery. Patty went to the opening, uninvited, 

claiming it was Schroeder’s idea. Yeah, he wanted to show 

support—since you came to his thingy. Hiroko thanked Schroeder 

(his blank stare making it quite obvious he didn’t remember her) 

but she couldn’t summon the casual directness to say, Sorry, Pep,

these piecesweren’t inspired by you. And I have no new girlfriend

you can intimidate. So just leave. But her gallerist had no qualms 

about siccing security on Patty once it was clear she’d downed

one too many wine spritzers and her blonde companion 

didn’t have itin him to drag her out of there. Patty did spend 

a few weekson a bender after that, sofa-surfing with Lucy, 

who had followed Schroeder to New York despite everyone

warning he was definitely not interested, maybe even gay. 

Look, I’m no Psychiatrist. Despite what people may think,

she told Patty. But pull yourself together, girl. And seriously

how do you manage in those sandals when you’re sloshed? 

This is Manhattan, for Pete’s sake!When Linus visited that week 

for the Halloween Parade, he insisted Patty return with him

to Portland, where he could use a helping hand on his farm

now that Sally was through Waiting around in the chickenshit 

for a Chickenshit Blockhead who’ll never pop the damn question. 

What a fool I’ve been! she yelled. I should’ve just gone back

to live with my parents. Like my brother—another Blockhead!

Patty asked how Chuck was doing—they hadn’t spoken 

since she accused him of trying to steal away Marcie—

then agreed to give Portland a shot. Well, at least ya got 

the shoes for it,Lucy offered, glad to have her sofa back: 

A comment that took seed in Patty, who wasted no time

during her downtime on the farm, opening a side business

(with the help of investors/old pals Franklin and Pig Pen):

Peppermint’s Burkenstock Repair Shop, the sign promising,

Pepper will keep ‘em in Mint condition! When the farm folded,

she made Linus a shareholder. And phoned Charlie to ask if

he’d join her team, greeting him with Apologies accepted, Chuck!