Walking downstairs, it was so quiet; it was eerie. I carried the bags down an’ handed them off to Corey an’ took Logan. He rushed out to pack up the car. Maureen sat at the table and stared at Logan sadly. Mike had a rag against his nose, trying to stop the bleeding. He also nursed a black eye Corey gave him. Tania stood beside Mike trying her best to comfort him even though he ignored her.
I walked over to my father, hugging him. It was so cute that Logan hugged him too. “Thanks, Dad. You’ve always been there for me. You don’t know how much it means that you were here this mornin’.”
He hugged us both, kissing our cheeks. “You’ve always been my baby girls an’ ya always will.” He whispered in my ear. “…but your mother’s the reason we’re here. Her vision was uglier than Medusa in the mornin’ after she tied one on at the volunteer fire department, an’ we couldn’t have you dealin’ with that by yourself. Our bein’ here might’ve diffused the situation a little.”
I didn’t want to see whatever horror that was. I whispered back. “You two bein’ here diffused it a lot. I love you.”
“I love you too, baby girl.”
I walked over to Tania and just stared at her. I didn’t say a word. She looked at me, pitifully, and it didn’t matter. At that moment, I hated her. She set out to ruin my life. It backfired and she was the one ruined, but it didn’t negate the fact that she tried.
I walked past her to Maureen, and handed Logan to her so she could snuggle with him. “You’re still his grandmother. I want him to know you. He adores you. There’s no reason why ya can’t see him anytime ya want. You love him an’ if you weren’t a good person, he wouldn’t adore you so much.”
Maureen sobbed as she hugged me and Logan, kissing his cheek, before handing him back to me. “Thank you, Elyse. I’m not sure what to think about this whole thing. I am happy that he’s still my grandson. For that, I thank you. I didn’t realize just how much having grandchildren would thrill me, but it really does. I would be devastated if I lost him.” She pulled me closer, whispering in my ear. “I could use a dozen more to spoil.”
I whispered back. “There will be plenty more.” I kissed her cheek before walking over to Mike. “I’m sorry, Mike.”
He looked up at me, curiously.
“Not because of what I did. I’m sorry for you. When you build a relationship on lies, ya get nothin’ in return.”
He scoffed. “Fuck you.”
“No thanks. I’ve had much better.”
Corey entered the house in time to hear Mike’s comment and headed in our direction. “What the fuck did you say to her?”
I stood in front of him, putting my hand up, stopping him. Logan leaped into his arms, and he caught him, but still glared at Mike. “Do not talk to her like that!”
“No, he’s angry. Let him have his pity party. He has to live with the fact that his lies cost him his family. We’re leavin’ anyway.” I looked at Mike. “Keep the car. It’s in your name.”
Mike sighed. “I don’t want your car.”
“That makes two of us. Then give it to Tania. I hope you two will be very happy together.” I shook my head at her. “You’re one in the same.” I turned, walking out the door and back to Corey’s car. I finally was able to breathe a sigh of relief. It was over. We could begin our lives together.
Corey put Logan in his car seat. The car was pretty much packed. The trunk was filled with the bags from our trip and the backseat was packed with the stuff I brought this time.
Logan looked around curiously as he played with his toys as everything made its way to his mouth.
Corey looked up at me. “Did you get everything?”
“I grabbed everythin’ that means anythin’ to me.”
“Good, then let’s get out of here.” He turned and saw his mother standing on the front steps. Rushing over, he hugged her tightly. “Mother, you know you’re more than welcome to come to my house, my hotel, or wherever I’m staying. However, if you bring Mike with you then the door will be locked.” He kissed her cheek. “I love you.”
Maureen smiled as the tears silently slipped down her cheek. “I wish you two didn’t fight so much. It’s hard loving both of you when one of you is so far away. I will come and visit you more often. I love you, son.”
He rushed back to the car, climbing in with a smile on his face. “Are you ready to go home?”
I looked over, smiling. “More than I can say.”