November 22, 2011
Carters (5) - Round 13
... "Renaud?" Roxie asked, her voice breaking. "What are you doing here?"
Renaud glanced over in her direction and scowled. "Your husband invited me over. He said that there was something you needed to tell me."
Roxie gulped. "Did he say what?"
Renaud just shook his head. "What's up Roxie? You didn't give me the heebie jeebies, did you?"
Roxie shook her head. "No, it's nothing like that." Sighing, she led him inside. "Well, you might as well come in and get comfortable."
"You mean, I like, have kids?" he asked. "Way cool!"
Danny felt his blood pressure rise. He'd raised those kids since they were newborns, loving and caring for them, and here this idiot was saying 'way cool'. Swallowing down his anger, he took a bite of the gelatin and tried to remain calm.
Roxie smiled. "They're great kids. You can meet them if you like."
Renaud laughed. "Meet them? Nah, they'd probably cramp my style. Can't be a party bachelor if you have a couple of kids running around."
Renaud help his hands out. "Whoa... major negative vibe!"
"Oh Christ!" Danny grated his teeth. "Roxie. I don't want this idiot to have anything to do with our kids."
Roxie started to speak, but Renaud interrupted her. "Whoa... excuse me if I'm wrong, but you called me to tell me that you hid the fact that I made a mistake a decade ago! I'm just reacting, here."
Roxie shoved the chair away from the table and glared at Danny.
"Danny. You're being unreasonable!"
Roxie wiped a tear away from her eye. "I wasn't, okay! And I'm sorry. I messed up... pretty big! But, you keep making decisions without me! You decided to tell the kids, you decided to invite Renaud over & now you've decided that Renaud should have nothing to do with them!"
Danny buried his face in his hands. "I thought I could handle this... I don't know if I can... I'm going to bunk upstairs with the kids tonight." Turning towards Renaud he sighed and said, "It was nice meeting you. I'll leave you and Roxie to make the decisions..."
She was just wiping the tears away from her eyes when Renaud walked in. He put his hand on her shoulder. "Are you okay? That was pretty intense!"
Roxie laughed. "Understatement of the year!"
Roxie looked up at the ceiling and tried to collect her thoughts. "There's no pressure. You can meet the kids & get to know them or not. They're curious about you, obviously."
Renaud just shrugged. "I'll let you know." Then, he glanced sideways at the closet. "We had some good times in that closet," he said jerking his head in that direction. Lowering his voice, he leaned forward, "Some really good times..."
Roxie bit her lip and considered. It's not like Danny was ever going to forgive her... What did it matter anyways?
Making up her mind, she smiled and strutted inside. "I'm not sure I do remember. Maybe you need to remind me!"
"Hey! I'm Sarah!" she yelled over the music. "Wanna dance?!"
A few days later...
He tried to avoid Roxie as he looked around the room as everyone sang him happy birthday.
"You look like a monkey.. and you smell like one toooooooo," sang Anthony off-key.
Doug laughed, as well. "No problem. I can show you some of the commands you'll be expected to be able to execute."
Doug looked intrigued. "What kind of things are we talking about?" he asked when all of a sudden Roxie leaned forward and began kissing him.
Doug looked stunned that she'd stopped. "Yeah. Yeah. I'll put in a good word," he growled as he pulled her mouth back to his.
Danny smiled fondly at Tyler. "I'm proud of you, son," he said.
Tyler looked around the room. "Do you know where Mom is?"
Danny frowned. "I'm not sure. I think she had to work late last night. Maybe you can sneak in & give her a kiss goodbye before you leave."
Tyler smiled. "Sounds like a good idea!" Tyler put his plate in the sink and headed to the room. Knocking quietly, he whispered, "Mom... hey Mom... it's me... I'm coming in..."
Danny was worried & ran after Tyler. "What's wrong, Tyler? Is everything okay?!"
Tyler looked alittle pale and shakily waved goodbye. "I'm good, Dad. Love you! See you soon!"