“Hey! How’s the dinner party? I’ll bet Logan’s lovin’ life,” Tania said, then muffled the phone, talking to whoever was with her. “Hang on. It’s my sister.”
“He’s fuckin’ here!” I half yelled, half whispered into the phone between drags.
“Who’s fuckin’ where?”
“He’s fuckin’ Mike’s brother!”
“Wait… Mike has a gay brother?”
“What? No, he’s not gay.”
“You said, he was fuckin’ Mike’s brother. Who’s he then an’ why’s he fuckin’ him if he’s not gay?”
“He knows who I am!” I whispered anxiously into the phone.
“Who knows an’ why do ya care?”
“What the hell am I gonna do? I can’t believe it’s his actual to God, real life fuckin’ blood brother! What the fuck are the odds in that? Like, zero to none?”
“Wait… I’m lost. You said someone was fuckin’ Mike’s brother? Who is there? Who is Mike’s brother? Who knows it’s you an’ why does that matter? What are ya talkin’ about? You always lecture me about full sentences, well, ya need to heed your own words then. This is where full sentences would definitely come in handy because the mess you said sounds like some weird ass gay porn.”
“Corey!” I said angrily into the phone, trying not to be too loud, not sure why she wasn’t keeping up.
“What about him?”
“He’s here! Logan’s father’s here an’ he really is Mike’s brother. What the hell am I gonna do?”
“Wait, waaait… ya mean that guy ya spent a week with in California who looked like Mike actually is his brother? There’s no way that could’ve happened! No way! It’s like a… once in a lifetime thin’.”
“I know! I knew this shit was gonna happen. Didn’t I say this was gonna happen when I let ya talk me into this? My worst nightmare has come to haunt me. Now what am I gonna do?”
“You have to calm down first.”
“I should’ve known. He looked too much like Mike to be just some stranger.”
“Has he figured out that you’re Alicia?”
“I think so.”
“Why do ya think that?”
“Because he’s talkin’ about the woman he met in June who just up an’ left him without even a note. He said he was gonna propose to me after just a week.”
“Whoa… you guys must’ve had some week.”
“I told you it was like a paradise. He an’ I were perfect for each other. I should’ve jus–”
“I fucking knew that was you!” Corey whispered harshly from behind me.
His voice coming out of nowhere, when I was already frazzled, did me in. I dropped the phone and my cigarette, scrambling to pick up both. I just stared at him, not quite sure what to say. “Jesus, just scare someone half to death, why don’t you.”
He glared at me, shaking his head. “Where the hell did you go? I woke up and you were…” He smacked himself in the head. “Oh, that’s right… silly me. Here I go and fall in love with my brother’s wife, who’s cheating on him in California. I’m guessing to get a kid, since Mike can’t have any! Wow, what are the odds to that, huh?”
I hung up the phone. I was sure Tania thought I’d been killed with how our conversation ended. First, I screamed, then the phone clattered to the ground and then she was disconnected.
I stared at him in shock, shaking my head. “I know this looks really bad. I really do but…” Something he said clicked with me and I stopped, staring at him angrily. “Wait… what do ya mean Mike can’t have kids?”
“Did you seek me out because of the bloodline?”
“What do ya mean Mike can’t have kids?”
He shook his head. “Oh no… we’re not going to do this out on the street in front of my mother’s house.”
“You want answers, but I deserve answers.” He reached past me inside the car, opening the glove box, grabbing a pen and a piece of paper from there. He jotted something down on it and handed it to me.
I looked down. It was an address. I looked back up at him, curiously. “What’s this?”
“Tomorrow meet me at my hotel room. They’re going to get suspicious if both of us are out here and not making tracks to go back in.” He glared at me. “You better be there at noon or I’m going to spill the beans about the whole fucking thing!”
“Fine, I’ll be there.”
“Bring my son too, Alicia. I want to spend some quality father/son time with him. Talk to him about who his mother really is.” He didn’t say another word. He flicked his cigarette in the road and walked up to the house, sneaking back around the way he came.
I lit another cigarette and called Tania back.