We Need to Talk About Kevin Chapter 12: December 27, 2000
By Lionel Shriver
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Chapter 12: December 27, 2000
After mentioning a holiday gathering at her mother's house, Eva returns to the past.
Eva's also returning from Africa. She promises Kevin to never leave again.
Kevin clearly doesn't care.
Franklin, Eva, and Kevin stop at a restaurant, where Kevin shows Eva a new trick he learned: to go "NYEE-nyeh nyeh-nyeh, nyeh nyeh-nyeh nyeh-nyeh-nyeeeh" (12.47) to everything she says. Lovely. That sounds like a quote from the latest Adam Sandler movie.
Kevin also makes fun of the waitress. Franklin thinks it's funny, but Kevin's behavior is driving Eva crazy.
When Kevin won't stop the mocking, Eva slaps him.
Franklin is not happy. "Violence is no way to get your point across" (12.80), he tells Eva.
When they leave the restaurant, Franklin has a surprise for Eva: he bought them a house while she was gone.