Seems like Lee Chu Young is in a dark spot now with your wingers taking their chances!
“Hey, I found your nose. It was in my business.” - Anonymous
“Yes, Holly, I’d like to have Blake with me after the game Tuesday night. He’ll be the guest of the club, and you and Darin are welcome too.”
“It’s not your night.”
“I realize that. But it’s fan night, there are extra things going on for kids, and besides, the boy might have fun. Is there something wrong with that idea?”
“Of course not.”
“Then, what’s the problem?”
“I don’t care for how you’re conducting yourself. Neither does Darin.”
“Darin has nothing to say about it, and if I were not such a nice man, I’d say neither do you,” I replied. “And if you’re going to say that my posing for a picture that wound up in a newspaper without my knowledge or consent, even if it’s entirely innocent, is a bad thing I’d ask you to please adjust your reception if you catch my meaning.”
If only she knew.
“That’s not funny, Bobby.”
I took a deep breath. “Neither is this unwanted, and out of bounds, criticism of my life. So, what’ll it be? I’ve been very good about you wanting Blake on the weekends, and of course while we’re away, I can’t have him with me at all and you know that. It’s a weeknight, and it would be fun for him.”
“I’ll ask Darin,” she said.
“Again, Darin has nothing to say about it,” I said. “If you’re going to hide behind him, I’ll go back to court and try to get my rights changed. I’ve been completely punctual, I’ve never missed a payment to you and never would, and what I’m not getting in return is cooperation.”
“Threats don’t look good on you,” she said.
“Then don’t make me threaten.”
“Sure, make it my fault.” This was the way our conversations usually went these days, and it was starting to frost my shorts.
“Holly, I guess I don’t understand the hostility,” I said. “We both want what’s best for Blake, and if I’m any sort of dad at all, which I think I am, I’m going to tell you straight up that I love my son and I want time with him. Surely reasonable people can make accommodations with each other?”
She evidently had to think that one through, and I wondered what was going on in her head that could cause her to hate me so.
I settled on Darin. There’s really no better way for an insecure guy to make himself feel better than to tear down someone else. So it seemed to me that the guy who thought himself the second coming of Jeremy Clarkson might have a few needs in the feel-good department.
“With you it’s always football, football, football with Blake,” she said.
“It is my job, and as you know it’s a pretty intensive one at times,” I said. “Right now, if I’m going to have time with him, that’s the way it has to be. But I see your point.”
“I don’t want to drive him up the road all the way to Bolton on a night when he should be rested for school the next day,” she said. Now there was a point.
“All right,” I sighed. “You win.”
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