"Honestly, boy, I didn't think you had it in you," Tony handed him over a beer a few minutes later. He'd heard Dayton on the phone.
"But I probably should of told her in person," Dayton was still upset that he came out that way with his mother.
"She'll be all right. That way she's got time to think about it." Tony told him.
"Yeah, but what if I never hear from her again?" Dayton winced. "What if they never let me- you know, see them ever?"
"Well, that's their loss. Its best to be open and honest even though its the hardest with family. Usually, you'll end up staying away anyway if you don't. I know I did. It was decades before I ever told anyone in my family and by then, I hardly came home, as it was." Tony reached in his back pocket then and pulled out something for Dayton. "We've got you on the friends and family plan. Only cost $19.95." It was a blackberry.
"I have no idea how to work the thing." Dayton looked at it as if maybe he could play hand held poker now.
"Well, Hillary will show you. It was her idea. She just thought it was awful that you didn't have one." Tony smiled.
"She would." Dayton just held it while he nursed on the beer. Really, it felt good in his hand as if maybe the future wasn't so awful, after all.