Evie laid down on the couch after putting Lucy to bed trying to decide whether she was going to read for school or if she was going to just watch Jersey Shore. As she grabbed the remote her phone started ringing. She glanced at the number seeing it was her sister Samantha who was in town for a few weeks taking a break from her PhD program in Boston.
”Sissy!” Evie exclaimed into the phone.
”Evie! I can’t wait to seeee yooou!” her sister exclaimed.
”When do I get to see you?” Evie asked her sister.
”Tomorrow! But, Sissy..I have something I need to talk to you about before then. It’s really important.” Sammie told her sister.
”What? You’re not dying are you?” she asked concerned.
”No. Dad called me.” she responded.
”Dad? I would hope so. You’re staying at his house.” Evie answered sarcastically trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle.
”No, Geneva…our father.” she replied.
”What the hell are you talking about?” Evie asked.
”That guy…that guy….David…” Samantha started.
”What about him? He’s a fucking asshole.” she told her sister. ”Wait..how do you know about him?”
”Evie…he’s your half brother.” Samantha answered hearing silence on the other end of the phone.
”God damnit. Can I ever catch a fucking break?” Evie yelled into the phone trying not to cry. ”But why was he doing that shit to me?”
”I don’t know…Evie…our father has 3 other kids and is a police officer in San Diego. He said he saw you and Lucy and almost went up to you….” Samantha answered.
”No…no..no….no….Sammie…I can’t handle this. Where was he before? Why did he leave us? A police officer? How do you go from getting a woman prgant not once but 4 times and leaving the kids? I don’t want to see him. And I definitely don’t want to ever speak to David ever again.” Evie replied in a shaky emotional tone.
”Evie..I know…I know it’s hard to deal with. He just called out of the blue after David told him he thought that you looked a lot like him and laughed like him. He said it was really hard to tell his family about his past…”
”That was hard for him? What the fuck, Sam! That was hard? Try dealing with not having him…ever…and then all the sudden…and I’m working with his son for fucks sake.”
”Evie..I didn’t say I wanted to meet him or anything. I just wanted to tell you..and you need to tell Harry…I don’t know where he is…maybe it would help him…” Samantha told her sister.
”You really think that would help? I hardly doubt that. He would kill him…whatever the fuck his name is….Joshua….whateverthefuck…” she replied. ”And I’m not going to be responsible for whatever he does after he finds out…I’ll go with you…I’ll give you his phone number…”
”Tomorrow. ” Samantha answered decisively.
”You want me to talk to him tomorrow?” Evie asked.
”Yes. Please. This is really fucking with my head too, Evie. I don’t even know what to do. I mean..he didn’t call you..you would have hung up. He called me while I was in the library tutoring some students…I didn’t recognize the number…Evie…I’ve been shaking. I told mom and dad and they were flipping out too…at least they were able to meet mom…but all they have is the paperwork that says that he left whenever she got sick…” Samantha told her. ”And aren’t you the one that said
everyone deserves a second chance?”
”Yeah…but….Sissy…this is different. He just left. Just left…he didn’t even say good bye.” Evie said starting to cry.
”Eve…we can talk about it tomorrow…” Samantha said.
”Sammie….I don’t know…” Evie said turning around to see Lucy walking toward her mother. ”Hang on…”
”Mommy…were you crying?” Lucy asked jumping on the couch next to her mother.
”No, Lucy. I’m fine.” she answered her daughter.
”I can’t sleep, mom.” she told her mother.
”Go lay down while I finish talking to Auntie Sam, okay? I’ll be there in a second.” Evie replied seeing Lucy lay her head on her mother’s lap. ”Okay..or you could just stay there…” she laughed picking up the phone to finish talking to her sister.
”I’m gonna steal her when I see her tomorrow, Evie.” Samantha laughed.
”You can’t have her. I think Bruo stays with me because of her some days.” Evie answered.
”Is he really good with her?” Sammie asked.
”He is seriously…I don’t know how I would have gotten through the last year without him. He’s everything and more that she never had before.” Evie told her sister.
”Mom…when is Bruno going to be home? I could sleep if he was here…” Lucy interrupted the conversation.”
”In a few days. You can make it, Lucy.” Evie answered. ”I’ll text you his phone number. You can call him, Sammie.” Evie finished talking to her sister.
”Okay, Sissy. I will talk to you tomorrow. Please try to sleep. I know you.” Sammie answered her sister.
”I know. I’ll call Bru and he’ll make me fall asleep.” Evie replied.
”Okay, Evie. Good night.” Samantha said to her sister. ”I love you.”
”I love you too, Sammie. I’ll see you tomorrow.” Evie said ending the phone call hearing her daughter sound asleep. Evie picked Lucy up trying not to wake her placing her in her bed. ”Lucy…I’ll never leave you…ever…” Evie whispered to her daughter kissing her on the cheek leaving the room holding her phone shaking as she called Bruno not sure if he would answered.
”Evvveeee….” Bruno answered half drunk. He heard the silence on the other end. ”Evie..baby…what’s wrong?”