As Ryan got closer to the closed bedroom door, he could hear his wife's sobs. He took a deep breath and knocked gently on the door before opening it, walking through and closing it behind himself quietly. He turned and found Summer curled on her side on the bed, with a tissue in her hand.
"Sum…" Ryan said as he walked to the side of the bed and knelt down facing her. He reached a hand out, pushed her hair behind her ear and wiped her tears away with his thumb.
After a few more minutes of crying, Summer moved over on the bed. Ryan took his shoes off and climbed behind her before wrapping his arms around her. She turned and buried her face in his chest as she cried harder.
"Shh, its alright," Ryan said soothingly as he ran his right hand up and down her back while he held on to her hand with his left.
"No it's not!" she said after she began to stop crying. "I wanted this night to go so much better."
"I know you did."
"I was hoping that we could all get along and everything would be alright. But she turned out to be a bitch! Now I see where I get part of my attitude though," Summer said.
"But I love your attitude," Ryan told her sweetly.
"Yeah right. I drove you nuts when I was pregnant or in college and I was tired," Summer pointed out as she looked up at him.
"You did," he agreed with a laugh, causing Summer to slap his chest. "But your attitude also shows who you are and how protective you are when someone you love is hurting. "
"What should I do?"
"Well, it's up to you weather or not you want to talk to her again. But if you do, I'm behind you one hundred percent."
"Even if she's horrible to you? Not that I'll let her," Summer added.
"I don't care who says what or who does what. When I married you, I promised you that I would always be there for you no matter what happened."
Summer started crying again and looked up at Ryan.
"Oh, Sum... I didn't mean to make you cry again."
"I'm not crying because of her," Summer replied as she stared into his eyes.
"Oh." Ryan gave her a sweet smile and kissed her forehead. "Tell you what. You get out of that dress and take a nice long relaxing bath."
"That sounds like a really good idea right now," Summer admitted. "But what about Abigail and Michelle?"
"I'll handle them. You just worry about relaxing."
Summer nodded and got off of the bed. Ryan stood up and started to walk out of the room, but stopped when he heard "Ry?"
He turned towards Summer and watched as she walked towards him and kissed him. When she pulled away, she whispered, "I love you."
"I love you too," Ryan kissed her once more before leaving the room with a smile on his face.
He walked to the nursery and found Stephanie putting Michelle in her crib, while Abigail was already asleep in hers. Stephanie turned and saw Ryan watching them. She gave him a smile as she walked out of the room and stood next to him as he closed the door quietly.
"You okay?" Ryan asked as he turned and followed Stephanie down stairs.
"Yeah. How's Summer?" she asked.
"She'll be alright. She's going to take a bath and relax," Ryan said.
"Good. After tonight, that sounds like a really good idea."
"That's what Summer said."
Stephanie smiled at the thought of being like her sister.
"Is Melinda usually like that?" Ryan questioned.
"She takes some getting used to. But that's putting it mildly," Stephanie answered.
"So if Summer wants to talk to her again, she won' have that attitude?"
"It depends on what she thinks you'll say really. She has this thing, where if she thinks you're going to hurt her, she'll put up a wall," Stephanie explained.
"Sounds like Summer when we first started dating," Ryan remarked as he walked into the kitchen and began picking up the leftovers and dishes from dinner.
"Like mother, like daughter I guess," Stephanie mused as she followed him into the kitchen.
"Except I think Summer would take it farther with her rage blackouts," Ryan confessed with a laugh as he loaded the dishwasher.
"Oh, that's right. You haven't seen Summer like that," Ryan said as he stopped and turned to his sister in law; Stephanie waited for him to continue. "When someone makes Summer really angry, she goes into rage blackout mode as Seth would call it and hurt you where it really counts. Basically, if you hurt someone that she cared about or loved, she would make your life a living hell."
"Good thing I don't plan on making her mad!" Stephanie exclaimed.
Ryan nodded and opened his mouth to speak, but stopped when he heard the baby monitor come to life with cries from the front room.
"Go check on them. I'll finish here," Stephanie said.
Ryan nodded with a smile before drying his hands and walking out of the room.
As Stephanie watched him go, she realized that she needed to talk to her mother.