Gloria looked at him & looked around the room. "Danny, no... I can't! Get up! What are you crazy?"
Gloria groaned. "I know you think you love me, but we don't want the same things! And I have a kid now!"
"I know! And I'll raise your son as though he was my own! I want us to be a family!"
Gloria glared. "Danny, stop making a scene! No!"
Even though a few people stayed to chat & dance, the party was over for Daniel. He went upstairs to the master bedroom and laid in the bed staring at the ceiling. He'd never expected that to go so horrible wrong!
Daniel hugged his sister. "No, that's not what Mom would want. Finish our your last few years. Make her proud."
Roxanne sucked in gulps of air as she tried to stop crying.
"She's been like this all afternoon," Jane offered helpfully. Daniel glanced over. "Thanks, Jane. Do you think you could call Riley & have him come over. I bet he'll be able to help her calm down." Tenderly, he led his sister inside to lay on the couch, then walked back out to Jane.
She was just snapping her phone shut. "Riley's on his way. He'll be here in 15 minutes."
"Thanks. I appreciate it."
Jane looked Danny up and down. "And how are you doing?"
Danny shrugged. "I'm okay."
"Really okay or just saying you're okay?"
Danny sighed. "I don't know. Probably just saying I'm okay."
Danny just stood there, enjoying the feel of Jane in his arms. The feel of being comforted. "It was hard enough after Dad died... but now Mom's gone, too."
Hearing the car door slam, Danny jolted out of Jane's arms and looked over at Riley. "She's inside," he said, motioning towards the door.
Riley bundled Roxanne up & took her to his place to watch over her. "I'll give you a call & let you know how she's doing," Riley promised.
Danny looked over awkwardly towards Jane. "I guess it's just you and me, then."
"It doesn't have to be awkward, Danny. We're still friends, aren't we?"
Danny gave a half-smile. "Yeah, we're still friends."
"Even if you were an idiot & threw me over for Gloria who threw you over for who knows who!" Jane couldn't resist adding.
"You don't have to stay, you know?"