In the present, the Supreme Court is still trying to decide who the president will be: Bush or Gore.
Eva gets thinking about how she doesn't really care about anything anymore, not after the trial.
It seems that after Kevin's crime, Mary Woolford, the woman from the grocery store in Chapter 1, filed a civil suit against Eva.
Mary's daughter was killed by Kevin, and Mary was shopping for a settlement.
Instead of settling, Eva took her to trial, against advice from legal counsel.
Eva was angry, not really at Mary, but at the hypocrisy of the United States legal system: she can be innocent until proven guilty but sued for absolutely anything, and regardless of whose fault it really is, still be out thousands of dollars in legal fees.
This gets Eva thinking about her own hypocrisies, like wanting a baby because she was bored.
Eva writes to Franklin about how she may have seemed stoic during her pregnancy, but it was an act. She hated every minute of it.
Eva even tried to pretend that the act of giving birth itself didn't hurt.
Eva asks for an epidural, but by that point, it's too late. Kevin is almost here.