Sandy Point - #6 Big Tree Lane; 2 PM
"When? But why....Mom, is Ryan involved in this, is that why....ok, ok I know you haven't, I probably understand that better than anybody but I'm just asking - Dad did WHAT? Is he all right?"
Rayne listened a few moments longer, her mother's voice gutted, explaining things, explaining nothing. Cooper had attacked Ryan. Things fell apart. It wasn't one thing. It wasn't another woman, except she didn't sound so certain about that. The twins weren't taking it well. No, Rayne was sure they weren't. Uneasy, stunned, she hung up and walked out onto the back porch and watched Jimmy doing something with an old cooler, packing it because he wanted to go fishing, crushing cans of Bud and RC Cola under ice that had already begun to puddle and melt.
"My parents split," she said.
Jimmy stood up, stretched, hot afternoon sun gleaming on his skin. He was sweating. Sexy in anything including a sheen of sweat and he knew it. "Yeah? Kind of surprised that hadn't already happened, seeing how they been cheating on each other. You all right with it, Ren?"
It shouldn't bother her. Rayne wasn't sure if it did technically bother her, but it surprised her, maybe it did bother her. They'd been together for so long and hadn't let anything break them up, so why now? Her mother had put Ryan aside a long time ago, why would her father be freaking out about him? Something must have happened to set him off. Despite what her mother claimed, Ryan had to be involved. Was that all though? Was it a coincidence that Gemma Wilson had been hanging around? There are very few coincidences, Ryan had told her that, told to look at the detail, look at it again, she would see it if she looked. She didn't have to look very hard before falling right over Gemma.
Jimmy slung a long and somewhat sticky arm across her shoulders, offered something he probably intended to be comforting. She didn't really listen to him; she didn't want or need the comfort. "I don't know, Toad. I fight with them; they fight with each other. It's none of my business what they do."
But if any part of it was her fault, if somehow her seduction of Ryan had blown up their marriage, no she didn't feel good about it, not at all, and no matter how she turned it and turned it in her mind, she could never see any way to fix what she'd done. Settling under Toad's arm though, all of that seemed far away and small, guilt traveling somewhere else leaving nothing but a vanishing whistle, the guilt train grinding away and away.
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