Meanwhile, back at the health club named Soft, two blocks from the apartment, Darlene was having a great day. She is getting ready for an 11k road race on September 19th, and today is the first day she began to believe she will be able to finish the race, much of it uphill. She ran 8.3 kilometers on the treadmill and didn’t die. Her trainer, Etienne, was assigned to her because his English is the best of anyone’s on the staff. They each understand half of what the other is saying, and it’s working out fine. Despite the workouts and aerobics, Darlene regrets to report that, thanks to raspberry tarts and baguettes, she is still gaining weight.

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