"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.