August 9, 2012
Pai - Round 24
Easily, he cleared the room by threatening to call parents.
Dexter was busy playing with his blocks. Rolling his eyes, he scoffed. "Yeah, but that was forever ago, when I was a baby!"
Dierk smiled. "I used to change your smelly diapers, too!"
Dexter made a face. "Nuh uh!"
"Sounds relaxing!" Ethan joked as he laid back. "Umm.. Madeline... there are no clouds in the sky right now."
"I know," she sighed. "We'll have to think of something."
Dierk's face fell. "But.. I thought you liked me..."
"I do! You're just going to graduate soon & I'm just getting started!"
Angrily he confronted him. "Why'd you do it?! Why'd you cheat on Mom?!"
Drake looked confused. "Cheat on your mother?"
"Not her! Not Vamsi! Marissa! She waited for you all through college! She stood by your side!"
"But you have to talk about it! I'm a constant reminder!"
Drake turned back, amazed by the anger in Dierk's voice. "No! You're not! You've always been a blessing!"
Dierk rolled his eyes. "When?! When you had to tell Marissa to let me come live with you? When you paid off Vamsi to leave me alone?! I've done nothing but cause you & Marissa pain."
It all made sense to Drake now & he wished he'd seen it earlier. "So that's why you always took care of your younger brothers & sisters. You're trying to atone for a sin that isn't even yours," Drake said, shaking his head.
Dierk turned his head.
Drake laid an hour around his son's shoulder. "I'm sorry you've been carrying this burden all along. Your Mom & I have never looked at you as anything other than a blessing! A joy! I didn't tell Marissa to accept you as her son, she saw how Vamsi treated you and took you under her wing. She's always loved you like a son. Maybe you should go talk to her..."