Rumor had it that Toni was back in town, which made me a nervous wreck when Seymour spent the entire day ignoring my calls and texts.
“Sy, it’s me. I’ve been calling you all day. I don’t know why you haven’t answered my calls or texts, but I’m getting really worried. Can you just call me back and let me know what’s going on? Please? Love you.”
My mind didn’t know which way to go. I didn’t know how to feel. Emotions, as well as confusion and doubt consumed me.
Suddenly, I heard Brandt’s big white truck pulling into his driveway, and all my fears were paused for a moment.
He had just come back from a court session regarding Clementine, and I’ve been so excited to hear how it went.
“Hell yes!” He shouted, after hopping out of the truck.
“How.. How’d it go?” I gasped, catching my breath.
“Couldn’t be better!” Brandt enthused. “Toni didn’t show up, but she contacted her lawyer, and gave me full custody, as long as the Clintons get her every other weekend.”
“EEP!” I shrieked, throwing my arms around him. “I’m so happy for you two.” I whispered.
He hugged me back tightly, and it was surprisingly not uncomfortable at all. In fact, I’m pretty sure this is probably like the second time I’ve actually hugged Brandt, aside from the awkward side-hug on my wedding day.
But Brandt always goes out of his way avoid sappy moments, so it was no surprise when he unapologetically goosed me!
“Brandt!” I gasped, “You can’t do that!”
Brandt practically fell over laughing at my reaction.
“Oh calm your ass down!” He chuckled. “Where’s Sy, by the way?”
I sighed heavily. “I donno. He went to hang out with the guys.”
“Chapmans, I guess.”
“Heh, they’re not guys! Where’d they go?”
“According to him, they went boating.” I shrugged.
“But the boat’s right there…” Brandt questioned, nodding his head in the direction of Seymour’s boat in our driveway.
“That doesn’t look so good..”
I sighed again, this time with more emotion. “I know.”
My eyes began to water, and Brandt definitely noticed.
“D- Do you want to go get a drink or somethin? Like before the crotch-droppings come home?” Brandt offered.
“A drink? Like with me? Just us?”
“Ha.. Yeah, if you’re up for it. Looks like you could use one.”
“You paying?” I shifted my brow.
“You got it!” He winked.
I was very confused by Brandt’s offer. I knew it probably wouldn’t look very good if someone saw us out together drinking in the day time. However, I wasn’t one for turning down a drink and an opportunity to rebel.
“You know what, yeah! Let’s go.”
“Hop in my truck..” He smirked. I rolled my eyes and jumped in.
I’ve lived in Appaloosa Plains long enough to know when a guy says things like ‘wanna get a drink’ or ‘hop in my truck‘ it’s usually a way of getting some tail. But I knew my boundaries, and he did too. Then again, It is Brandt after all.
Filled with several drinks, and even more emotions, I was an open book to Brandt. I told him how neglected I feel in my marriage, as well as my fears about Seymour. Without judgement, he truly just let me rant. And shockingly enough, he actually listened!
“Surely you’ve heard the rumors, yeah?” I asked.
He cleared his throat and slowly nodded.
“I’ve heard the rumors…”
“And they don’t hurt you? You really loved Toni..” I said.
He nodded once more, “Yeah, they hurt a little bit. I hurt more for you though..”
Extremely surprised, I looked at him and gently smiled thankfully.
“Holy shit, did that just come out of my mouth?” He laughed.
“He isn’t attracted to me anymore…” I said, slurring my words a bit.
I smiled. “No, he isn’t. He loves me, but he doesn’t love me the way he used to. Wanna know what he told me to cover it up?” I laughed.
I sat up straight in my seat, and asked the bartender for another drink.
“He told me you said I was hot!” I laughed.
Brandt began chuckling. “He said that?” Brandt asked.
“Ha, yeah. I was having a bad day and he told me that in a hurry. He probably only did it to make me feel better. Great guy, isn’t he?”
“Yeah, I never said that.” Brandt began laughing, as I laughed along with him to cover my embarrassment.
“Ha, should’ve figured he lied.” I said. “Where the hell is that drink!?”
My anger towards my husband was even worse now. I looked around the room, as my eyes caught the clock.
“Oh shit, we better go! The kids will be home soon. I should sober up.” I laughed.
We both stood at the same time, limiting the space between our bodies.
“Just so you know…” He smiled charmingly, “Just ’cause he lied about what I said, doesn’t mean he lied about what I really think…”
I immediately blushed. “Who are you anyways!?” I laughed.
Brandt stepped to the side, and let me step in front of him.
When I got home, Seymour was standing in the doorway. I didn’t know if I was relieved or extremely pissed off, and I didn’t have time to think about it.
“Honey, where have you been? I’ve been calling and calling!” He pleaded.
“Couldn’t imagine how awful that feels..” I stated, sarcastically.
“What the hell, Kirsten.. Have you been drinking? …Where were you? …Who were you with?…Huh? Answer me!” He shouted.
“Yes! Okay? Yes, I have been drinking. I was out with Brandt, not that you deserve to know.”
“Not that I deserve to know? Are you joking?! I’m your husband! Damn right I deserve to know! Did you cheat on me? Why were you with him?” Seymour shouted.
“You don’t have to worry about me and Brandt, turns out… He actually isn’t attracted to me and you were ‘misinformed.‘”
“Okay, so what brought that up? When you were about to get in bed with my best friend?”
“Don’t you dare even suggest that I was cheating. You’re the one who didn’t answer your phone all day! I was going out of my mind!”
“Now there’s something we can agree on! You’re out of your mind! I had to explain to my friends that you’re not crazy, even though you left twenty-something messages and texts!”
“Oh really? Funny you didn’t answer your phone, you were gone all day, and you just so happen to choose the day Toni is back in town?”
“OH here we go again…” He rolled his eyes.
“Really Seymour? Okay, time for you to leave!”
“Leave? LEAVE? Okay I’ll leave!” He yelled.
“You better not let Brandt in my house tonight.”
I couldn’t believe my ears. I was so angry, I felt like I’d just explode.
I took a deep breath, and opened the door, Ushering him to leave. When he walked out I slammed the door and locked it until the kids came home.
I couldn’t believe the fight we just had. I didn’t know when he’d be back, and my mind was racing. I had just enough time to calm down before my kids came home, so I used it wisely.
When Salem and Yellow finally got home, I hugged them both tightly. Seeing their faces is just what I needed right now, and I wasn’t even about to explain what happened between their father and I.
I told the kids that they could invite Clementine over, and we’ll order a pizza.
Yellow gave the pizza man half of his allowance as a tip, and also gave him a slice of pizza for the road. Although it’s too early to decide, I couldn’t help but think to myself that Yellow would make a great heir, if only he knew his magic!
The kids and I all grabbed a slice of pizza and discussed the importance of avoiding cooties.
Although I toughed out the rest of the day, helped the kids with homework, made sure they had their baths, and tucked them all in, my husband and our marriage was always in the back of my mind.
I liked the distraction Brandt served, and I honestly do find myself extremely attracted to him, but I just don’t see this going any farther than lust. I didn’t want to lose Seymour. Who knows what would happen to the legacy if we broke up. There was too much to lose, and I just beginning to feel lost.
I missed my husband.
“Kirsten? Honey? Can I come home now?” He asked, standing in the doorway.
“I… I’m really sorry about everything. I didn’t mean the crap I said.”
“I didn’t mean to hurt you… Will you forgive me?”
I just frowned and shrugged. I knew I couldn’t just act like everything was okay again, because it definitely wasn’t, but I truthfully just didn’t want to fight anymore.”
“I brought you something…” He smiled.
I looked up at him, holding back a smile.
“I really think you’re going to like it, but you have to promise you’ll give me a hug, deal?”
I nodded. “What is it?”
“Just wait right here!”
I gasped so loudly, I slightly felt my throat hurt! Seymour walked in with a tiny dalmation puppy in his hand.
I quickly took the puppy away from Seymour, “Mine!” I joked.
Seymour giggled, “Isn’t she adorable?”
“Oh wook atchu, you are soo cute aren’t you?!” I cooed.
“I thought the family needed a dog running around here, and when I saw her in the paper I couldn’t resist!”
“She’s so cute. Thank you so much, baby! I just love her!” I squealed.
I decided that I wouldn’t tell the kids about her until they got home from school tomorrow, because I knew if I told them any sooner they’d magically get sick. Especially Salem, I’m pretty sure she knows some illness spells as a matter of fact!
“Honey, the person you got her from… Did they have any more?” I asked.
“Yeah, they had a bunch, why?”
“I think I have an idea!”
“Okay little guy.. here’s the plan. If your sister could work on me, then you’ll work just fine on my sister in law! Just work your little puppy eyes!”
Persephone is a little grumpy, but she loves animals, there’s no way she could resist a dalmatian puppy. I decided that I’d buy her a puppy to say sorry about teaching Birdie driving lessons.
“What the heck are you doing here?!” Persephone grumbled, before I even made it to the door.
“I brought you this little guy.. and I wanted to say I was sor-“
before I finished my sentence she slammed the door on me.
No more than ten seconds later she opened the door back up.
…Then snatched the puppy and slammed the door, again.
Well that worked smoothly…