the hurt

"Are you sure, he knows what he's doing?" Bex was stunned. How could Geoff possibly trust him with a newborn?

"He's fine," Oliver put his arm around her shoulder before she could even approach Dayton with the infant.

"I'm really scared." Bex winced. "He could-" She didn't even want to think it. She squinted so then as if she might have taken a bitter pill herself. "And Nancy, Oh God, I never wanted anything so bad to happen to her." She cried into Oliver's shoulder then.

"We'll see her when she's up for a visit, all right." Oliver promised as he stroked her thick hair.

She felt like biting his pale oxford shirt at the shoulder. Just the thought of the agony Nancy must be going through made her ill. And not even able to be with her baby.

"She didn't really want the baby," she heard Dayton say who was cradling it as if he was the only one who could.

"How can you say that?" Now she was pissed as she turned to him.

"Well, she didn't." He was calm about it. "From the get go, she didn't want it. So she doesn't have to see him, does she?"

"You're evil, you know that!" She glared at him.

"Bex, please," Oliver grabbed her hand before she took one step closer.

"You would have been the same damn way if you thought you were having my kid." He looked at her as if she could go to hell, too. "I know you. You would have had an abortion if you thought the slightest possibility, that your kid was my kid."

"Stop talking like that." She winced.

"Why should I? When I know its true." He looked at the baby then as if it was just the two of them against the world. No one else.

"I didn't think you wanted to have anything to do with Nancy's baby," Bex reminded him.

He didn't say a word to her. He ignored her. Completely.

She kept staring at him, waiting for an answer.

"Bex, maybe we should go," Oliver wrapped his arm around her waist before she took one step closer.

She was furious with him, but Oliver got her in the car.

"Am I the only one afraid that he might go off and do something to that child?" Bex said on the ride home.

"You have to stop thinking that way. He's thinking in his head that everyone thinks he's responsible for what happened to Nancy. And its his way to fight back, I guess. He's going to be OK. Its like he found a hurt ground squirrel, and he feels responsible for it."

"Its not a ground squirrel, Oliver!" She reminded him.

"Well, Geoff is there. It'll be OK." Oliver nodded. Bex hoped he was right.


natalie said...

I hope Oliver is right too :/ Dayton seems like he's going off his rocker just a little bit... I hope Nancy pulls through and gets to see her baby.

Nav said...

Wow, Dayton treats the baby as if it's his ...

I like this. Does he finally have some sense of responsibility?

past the point said...

I didn't think Dayton would ever be mean to Bex again..after that hug. But you just never know.

cass and cady said...

I like how Bex said..Its not a ground squirrel...made me smile.

ellie said...

Wow, I didn't think he'd be like that to Bex. All that anger.

the oaks said...

He really dug into Bex, huh?

Katie [The BleuTrumpet] said...

I like how Dayton is acting, so protective of the baby. I think it's nice.

cait said...

thanks Katie. yeah, oddly I got this idea from a guy I know at the lib. who hates everyone. Then one day he came in with a hurt ground squirrel and I had never seen him so caring.

dawn said...

holy crap just catching up here.....nancy had a stroke? wow. such excellent writing!

hope you are well. how is life with you? are you in school or no? it is really looking like fall around here. the sun angles are already changing....
just catching up on some older movies that are red boxed like valkyrie...liked it pretty well even tho i'm not a tom cruise fan. still haven't seen 500 days yet. but i so adore zoey.
can't wait for burton to put out alice in wonderland next spring! i think you told me you did see julie and julia? i did like that one.....
be well, friend. xo

simon n josh said...

Oh, man, Dayton, he really let her have it.