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When Philip Wu took us to the Chinese banquet, I wore the red dress of fine -wale corduroy, plush as the belly of the spaniel you like to say replaced you. You took a Polaroid of Philip and me hugging, inarched, and with our black- shag caps of hair, we were siblings. Happy siblings. He was your friend, first. Every Thanksgiving, he came bearing pleasures: diamond studs for small Johana, bouquets for me, Godiva for the table. When dessert was cleared, he'd hop on a chair and pour his heart into "La Donna e mobile," then a Chinese folksong. He wanted to be known as an opera tenor, not for his systems work at the bank. One holiday, he brought the big-haired blonde he wanted to marry and you were rude and called her a gold-digger. The next year, it was a pretty girl from Taiwan, nearer his age. One day he disappeared. We followed every lead but got nowhere. I lost my red dress. I don't remember if it got a rip or stain or I gave it to Goodwill. I miss its touch and the way it made me feel. The darts in the bodice accentuated my good points and my joyfulness. The skirt was cut on the bias so it swirled. Snaps ran from the Mandarin collar to my calves. I wore it with snug leather boots. You left. You said you'd never marry again, but you did. If I marry again, I'll wear red.
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