Thursday, November 5, 2009

Chapter 22

Both Jeremy and Charlotte jumped and looked towards the voice that had been the source of the interruption.

“Mary, what are you doing here?” Jeremy asked, upset.

Mary Mathers was standing in the doorway frowning at Jeremy.

From the moment her daughter introduced them, she felt that Robin had struck gold. She realized, though, early on, that Jeremy might’ve been too good for Robin. She would often try to get Robin to do little things for Jeremy, like he did for her, things that she knew he would appreciate. Despite her efforts, it seemed that her worst fears had come true.

“I came to get some clothes and things for Robin to have in the hospital, since she’s going to be there for a few more days. I never expected to come here and find you and… her,” she spat.

Mrs. Mathers tilted her head to the side and narrowed her eyes at Charlotte. You could tell by the look on her face that she recognized the person who was just about to kiss her son-in-law.

“Charlotte,” she started, “how could you?”

Before Charlotte could respond, Jeremy spoke up.

“You know what, Mary? You have no idea what has been going on, do you? You have no right to come into my house and start questioning anything. If you want to ask questions, why don’t you go down to the hospital and talk to your daughter. She’s the reason why this whole situation is so screwed up in the first place.”

Jeremy took a couple of steps towards Mrs. Mathers.

“Did she tell you that she was pregnant? Did she tell you that she has no idea whether or not I’m the father of the baby? Did she tell you about Greg or that he might be the father of the baby my WIFE is carrying? Did she tell you that she’s been sleeping with this other man for damn near our entire marriage? It makes me question whether or not the baby, that I mourned for an entire year, was even mine.”

Mrs. Mathers just stared at Jeremy, shocked in place. She reached out for the doorframe to brace herself. She’d known for some time that that something was going on with Robin and Jeremy for a while, but she had no idea that this was it.

Robin called her mother the morning after she was admitted to the hospital. She didn’t give her details about what happened, but she asked her to stop off at her house to bring a few things for her. Her mother asked where Jeremy was and Robin told him that he’d gone home to get some rest and that she didn’t want to bother him. Mrs. Mathers didn’t buy that and made a mental note to give Jeremy a piece of her mind once she got to their house about leaving his wife in the hospital alone overnight.

She figured she would really find out what happened once she got to the hospital, since Robin assured her that she was okay and was only being kept in the hospital for observation.

When she unlocked the door with her spare key, she called out for Jeremy, but got no answer, so she headed to the back of the house, towards the bedroom to wake him up. He wasn’t in there so she headed towards the den. She could hear a female voice once she got halfway down the hall. She stood and listened for a second hearing another woman, who was not Robin, telling Jeremy how much she loved him.

When she stepped around the threshold, she never expected to be shocked further with the news about her own daughter.

“I don’t…” she stammered, “I didn’t know. Robin didn’t tell me much on the phone. I just knew that she was in the hospital, alone, and that she needed me.”

Jeremy scoffed.

“Like hell she’s there alone. The way he was crying all over the waiting room yesterday, there’s no way in hell he left her there,” he said.

Mrs. Mathers walked slowly over to the seat nearest the door.

“Jeremy, you know that I would do anything for my daughter, but this, I would never hide from you. I swear I didn’t know anything about this.”

Jeremy softened while looking at Mrs. Mathers. He knew it wasn’t her fault and he didn’t mean to lash out at her the way he did, but she had no right making accusations about anything when she clearly was still in the dark.

“I’m sorry, Mary,” Jeremy said. “I’m sorry that you had to find out all this this way.”

Jeremy sat down on the sofa nearest him. He dropped his head in his hands and took a few deep breaths.

“Well, what is she doing here?” Mrs. Mathers asked. “What’s going on here? Are you cheating on my daughter?”

Jeremy threw his head back in laughter. He couldn’t believe the audacity of this woman. After all he’d just told her, she was still pressing him. He shook his head and stood up. He walked over to Charlotte, took her hand and kissed her deeply and then walked with her through the house out the front door.


Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great post I wasn't expecting that. Actually I wasn't even expecting a post at all yet. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Ooohhhh! Such an unexpected twist! Loving this story.

azulkrema said...

i had a feeling it was robin's mom but i really wish it would of been jeremy's mom :( oh well she'll come into the picture soon

Jen said...

very nicely done!

mum said...

Well, it's definitely out now. No sneaking required. Love it. I hope they go straight to Jeremy's mom and get her up to speed. mum