"Your father and I have decided to get a divorce," Denise announced and watched the shock spread around the table. For the first time Aunt Etta actually appeared at a loss for words. Uncle Eddie looked at his nephew as if expecting him to say it was all a joke.
Anthony simply stared at his mother as if he couldn't get his mind to reconcile with what she'd just said. Christine had no such difficulty. She was as volatile in her reaction as Denise had expected.
"Mama, Daddy, what were you thinking?" Christine cried. "You're ruining the holidays for all of us!"
Denise stared at the accusing faces and rose regally to her feet. "I've spent the past twenty-seven years giving to everyone except myself.... Well, I suggest you make other arrangements." She tossed her napkin on the table. "The queen is abdicating her throne."