Part three (January 1977) •
“Elvis kept his eyes on my face. “I bought Linda a house not long ago to put some distance between us,” he said.
Had Linda lived at Graceland full-time until then? I wondered, but I didn’t ask. I was too busy trying to absorb this new twist.
Elvis then looked at Rosemary. “How can I get her to stop calling?” he asked.
Rosemary shrugged. “Change your number, maybe?”
He grinned, but I was unable to smile. I continued to ponder all of this and what it meant for Elvis and me.
When Elvis had told me in Las Vegas that he and Linda were just friends, I had believed him. After all, he’d been publicly dating other women, and that seemed to say his relationship with Linda must be over. However, I was sure the articles of clothing and toiletries inside Graceland had been Linda’s. Plus, she had called before, asking to spend Christmas with him. It seemed that Linda was trying to hang on, no matter what Elvis did.
Now I took comfort in the fact that, even though Elvis had been helping Linda out by paying her rent, he’d just said in front of Rosemary and Joe that he wouldn’t do it anymore, and he certainly wasn’t trying to hide the fact that Linda had called. I chose to trust that Elvis was being honest with me about the relationship being completely over for him.
Unfortunately, I would still feel uncomfortable every time I saw Sam, Elvis’s bodyguard and Linda’s brother. Sam and I were friendly with one another, but I couldn’t help wondering how he truly felt toward Elvis—and toward me.”
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