Arianna was still in school, so Menelaus had enough time to sit with Helen. He showed up a few minutes later than expected. He was still getting used to New York's subway system. He walked into the coffee shop, not feeling Helen right away as she was a lot more subdued than he was used to seeing her. She wasn't herself, even more than when he last saw her.
Taking his sunglasses off he ordered a cup of coffee and found her sitting at a table. She looked ready to crumble, and that was a sight that was hard for Menelaus to stomach. "Helen," he asked before sitting, offering her a soft smile. He actually held some sympathy for her, and at the same time she knew what it felt like now to lose a great love.