Geoff found Nancy crying. Big gulps, too. He hated to see her in this state. She couldn't make herself sick now. He wasn't sure what to do.
"What did you do this, time?" Geoff went straight to Dayton who was in the kitchen drying dishes.
"Nothing." Dayton winced. Then he let a sigh. "She wants me to marry her just because her Mom said something. No way, can I do that."
"Well, you didn't have to be so harsh," Geoff told him. "You were harsh, weren't you?"
"I wasn't-" Dayton started then said. "It wouldn't have mattered."
"You know, we've talked about this." Geoff stared at him as if he should remember how he was going to act around her.
"I know." But he was even getting gruff with him. Geoff knew he should leave it, alone. He went back to Nancy's room.
She was still crying. He put his arm around her. Immediately, she turned and cried into his shoulder as if it would never get any better. Her life was horrible. There was nothing to be happy about. Nothing.
"Suppose we got married." He blurted out without even thinking. Suddenly, it was like an epiphany of some kind. Why hadn't he thought of it sooner.