|"Annie comes around at that moment to ask if
everything's okay. Gibson nods, eats a carrot, tries not to
think about how baby carrots look like small, blunt fingers.
Mulder smiles politely and says, 'Everything's great.' Annie's
cheeks turn a dull red. She refills their water glasses with
hands that shake.
'She likes you,' Gibson says once Annie's out of earshot.
'She noticed you weren't wearing a wedding ring and she wanted
to know how long your wife has been dead.' He knows he's being
spiteful, but Annie also wanted to know why such a good-looking
man could have such a gawky looking son.
Mulder puts his fork down and looks at Gibson levelly. Gibson
stares down at his plate, takes a drink of water.
'If you're really not hungry, why don't you get that wrapped
up and we'll go?' Mulder asks."