Passages 25

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.

------------------

NEXT CHAPTER: Sessions Chapter 33

22 comments:

Muzegoddess said...

Family dynamics always amaze me. On the one hand you can be mad at your parents, ready to spit nails and then something like this happens and you're worried about them not being together, worried that you played a part in it. Knowing there was a flaw between them, knowing they probably should call it quits but when it comes down to it you don't feel right when they do. That seems to be where Rayne is; caught between pushing family away but wanting them intact in certain ways.

She's certainly on alet now, but Gemma's activities aren't the only ones to investigate here.

Dinuriel said...

Interesting that Rayne suspects that Gemma's playing an even bigger role here--my guess is that she's the first to find out about Cooper's little tryst O_o

Family situations like that are always tough. On one hand, she has some serious issues with both her parents. On the other... well, they're still her parents. No matter how distant they are, it makes sense that she'd be bothered at least somewhat.

thelook said...

Oh goodness. Rayne thinks Gemma has a massive role in all of this? I think she should look closer to home and then decide who made all the mess. It wasn't one person alone. The first picture with the words on the wall was a nice touch but I do think that sometimes you have to show your afraid. You can cover it up all you like but there's going to be that person who smells it on you like a murderer can smell blood - and without fear there's no bravery! And Muzegoddess and Dinuriel worded the family stuff perfectly so... :).

S.B. said...

Muzegoddess, Van, and the look: Thank you!

Family dynamics really are like that. Fight and scratch and then worry when bad things happen. Rayne has to realize that Gemma is not a likely first cause for her parents' problems. They've been struggling long before Gemma showed up. And she has to know what a horrific secret she's dumped on her mother. There's some mental evasion going on. Focus on Gemma instead of the mess she made. Which she really can never fix.

Qui. said...

Leave it to Rayne to figure out what happened. What REALLY happened. I know that Rayne and Beth have not had the best relationship but the fact that she was talking to her about it made me smile.

Very wondeful update.
I don't care what imperfections Jimmy has, he is perfect!

Rachel said...

Rayne needs to talk to Wyatt...

Jimmy's assessment is so stark and matter-of-fact, probably because he's just an outsider looking in. Of course they're having problems--they've been cheating on each other and even worse, it's been publicized and strewn all over the media. It's interesting that only those closest to them would be surprised at the split.

I wonder if Rayne will take her suspicions to Beth? My money is on her going to Wyatt with it, first.

S@ndy said...

I agree with thelook...
Rayne before you turn to Gemma, take a better look at daddy! You will find lots of answer there!

Beth and Rayne talking is a great opportunity for them to get closer... and renew their relationship, hopefully that will happen some day... a girl needs her mother, no matter what!

Rayne: what happened with Ryan, is gone, is in the past, let it go, you wont change it...it wont disappear... you learned from it, you regretted it, now let it go before it destroys your life...

I'm wondering about Wyatt, what will he do when he finds out about Cooper and Gemma...
You have created such a beautiful and painful mess! I love it!

S.B. said...

Qui...hehe...Jimmy is pretty amazing LOL! It's just impossible to take a bad shot of him, and although I'm not one to linger and take beefcake shots, it's tempting to take extras of him.

Rayne and her mother haven't had the best relationship, most of it Rayne's fault. It wouldn't make sense for them not to talk about this, although Rayne didn't drive over and console her, or even ask if she was all right.

Thank you!!

S.B. said...

Rachel, oh absolutely Rayne will go to Wyatt before she goes to her mother. However, she's unlikely to get a sympathetic reception from her brother, who already thinks Gemma is being treated unfairly. Wyatt's attracted to Gemma, too, so that's going to be an interesting conversation.

An interesting point about the people closest to the couple being most surprised about the split. Cooper and Beth are both volatile, but friends and family know they keep coming back together, keep depending on each other. The bond has, so far, been very powerful.

Thank you so much!

S.B. said...

S@ndy, Rayne has consistently blamed the women in Cooper's life for the problems (Stevie, for example). Unfairly, but then that's Rayne.

She's not quite ready to give up the guilt about Ryan. She's not going to forget about Ryan period: he played too large a role in her life. When she gets into trouble, he's the first one she thinks about.

If Wyatt finds out about Cooper and Gemma...I think he's going to react very differently from the way Rayne will react. Very differently.

Thank you so much S@ndy. We're picking our way through it all!

Ning said...

Wow, I'm surprised Rayne even thought it could be her fault. She's growing up a little, huh. Insisting that it's none of her business isn't gonna change her guilt in this. Aaand, I'm surprised Beth was the one to call her, not Cooper. I thought she and her mother were on bad terms?

I have to give two thumbs up to Rachel for noting that those closest to the couple were the most surprised about the split. That was an extremely interesting observation, and it says a lot about how skewed the media can be (relating to in the story and in real life). :) Aah, guess I'm just thinking too much, hehe.

S.B. said...

ning, Rayne and her mother have a complicated relationship. The fracture point is Ryan, and Rayne's attempts to continue to use Ryan to try to manipulate her mother. Take Ryan out of the equation, and, although they are not friends, they do understand one another. Under the circumstances, I can't imagine Cooper calling Rayne. It was either her mother or one of the twins, but not Coop. It would be too awkward. It was her mother's responsibility.

Rachel's observation was absolutely on target!

The Lunar Fox said...

So one of the times I was sitting around thinking about this and the sessions entry and I couldn't help going, "OH MAN!" What's going to happen when Gemma gets her way, and Jimmy's band gets a sudden offer of a contract?

Oh, I can't wait to see that. Rayne is not stupid. She'll probably be suspicious right away, especially knowing her father.

Phoenix said...

Man, that shot if Jimmy is pure win! Just made my day!! LOL!!

I like the fact that Rayne is trying to figure out what's going on beneath the surface instead of taking what her mom said at face value...and I'm kinda surprise Beth called her...that's a step forward right? Those two are still on a tricky path.

Rayne keep Gemma close. That woman is a snake. She's had to be but she won't have a problem putting her poison in or around the people you care about.

I like how blase Jimmy was about her parents cheating on each other. He just put it out there like it was nothing. Gotta love him.

S.B. said...

oh yeah, Lunar, Rayne would see through that, the offer of a contract coming so suddenly after her parents split. It would put her in a difficult position: making trouble for Coop and Gemma by using Jimmy's precious contract would certainly annoy Jimmy.

S.B. said...

Hey Phoenix, hope you're feeling better!

Jimmy. Yes. LOL! Well in his world, a rock star splitting with his wife is no big deal at all. The unusual thing is that they'd stayed together for as long as they did.

No matter how rocky Rayne's relationship is with her mother, Beth had to call her. She wouldn't let her daughter get blindsided by hearing it from someone else. As long as those two can keep Ryan out of the mother/daughter equation, they can at least be civil to each other. It is a step forward.

Rayne has always been suspicious of the women around Cooper. Gemma's tough because, as you said, she's had to be tough. And she didn't initiate the sex.

Sinclair said...

Oh Toad. Can we just have a couple of pictures of him naked. Or in super skimpy swimsuits :)

And its nice that theyre still together. I wasnt sure they were going for the long run. Two rockstars together dont always work.

And why is everyone anti Gemma! As of now she hasnt done anything shady!

S.B. said...

Sinclair, we do have to get Toad naked or at least damned close to naked hehe....

and about Gemma: you're right. She hasn't really done anything shady. Cooper forced her and maybe she'll make him pay; can't blame her. Rayne has always blamed the women Cooper gets involved with instead of looking at the man. She has a blind spot. A big one.

cheripye said...

So much happening for poor Rayne right now, I am glad that she and Jimmy are working well together and hope with everything that it continues. I hope she keeps on the straight and narrow now :)

Great UPDATES!

S.B. said...

thank you cheri. Rayne's sobriety is very fragile.

It is so great to see you around again!

~Drew said...

I love how Jimmy just nails it, shoots from the hip, love that about him. "The break-up is no surprise..." he's right.
But he's there to sling a somewhat sweaty arm around her in comfort. Against all odds, these two WORK. Great update!

S.B. said...

Hi Drew! wondering if you got your computer working....

Jimmy sees things very clearly and he doesn't pet Rayne or try to shield her, but he is there for her. They do work. Strange couple but they do work LOL!

thank you so much!