Chapter 1: What Did Marta Do This Time?
-went the glasses as Joe threw them against the walls.
-went Kari's bedroom door.
She couldn't take it any longer. She had to leave before it was too late. So, she picked up her cell phone and dialed the one person who could be her lifeline and could save her from this black hole that she just couldn't seem to get out of on her own.
RING. RING. RIIIIING.
"T.J. don't get up from the dinner table, we aren't finished eating ye-" Roxie started. Oops, too late.
"Hello?" T.J. said as he answered their house phone at the LeBlanc's home on the army base of Fort Marshall in Charleston, South Carolina.
He handed the phone to his mother. "It's for you. It's Aunt Kari."
Delighted to speak to her baby sister again, Roxie dismissed the 'no side conversations at the dinner table' rule and cheerfully greeted Kari with a warm, alabama "HEEEY"
"Roxie, can I take the bus up to stay with you tomorrow?" Kari asked urgently.
Roxie got up from the table and walked into her living room for a bit more privacy. "Of course, hun, you are always welcome here. But it's a long bus ride up from Alabama. Don't you want to ask mom for a ticket and just fly up here later? I'm sure she'll let you come up, you haven't been here in a lo-"
"No, that's fine. I'll be there tomorrow." Kari said, chocking back tears. She didn't want to tell Roxie that something was wrong at home.
"Honey, is everything alright?" Roxie asked, concerned at her sister's obviously upset tone.
"I'll see you tomorrow, Roxie." Kari sternly said, even more obviously dodging the question.
"Uhm, alright then. I'll come pick you up at the bus stop tomorrow, and if I'm at work, then I'll get someone else! Text me when you come in tomorrow!"
"Okay." Kari sighed.
"Can't wait to see you! Love you!" Roxie gushed, trying to sound hopeful.
Kari just hung up the phone without another word.
"What did Aunt Kari want? Is she coming to see us?" Finn , quite excitedly, asked his mother.
"Yes, babe. Now you and your brother take your dishes to the sink and go play in your room. I have to talk to daddy." Roxie said as she shot Trevor the 'I don't know exactly what's going on, but something sure as hell is happenin' look.
Trevor waited until the boys were out of site. Then he turned to Roxie, who nervously started to clean up the kitchen.
"What's going on?"
"I don't exactly know. Kari called me and asked if she could take the bus up to stay with us tomorrow, and I said sure, and then I asked her if she wanted to wait until our mother will let her fly up here, but she said she needed to come tomorrow."
"Maybe she just wants to see you? I'm sure she misses her favorite sister!" Trevor laughed.
"I'm her only sister!" Roxie said with a weak smile, "but I could tell in her voice that something wasn't right. And with Marta, you never know..." Roxie said as she thought of her mother's past problems with alcohol and men.
"Well, just wait and you can ask her all the questions you want tomorrow!" Trevor said as he got up and kissed his wife goodnight. "I have an early morning tomorrow, so I'm going to go to bed now. Night babe."
"Me too. See you in a sec; once I finish washing these dishes." Roxie said with a fake smile.
As she was washing away, she thought to her self 'something isn't right.' and she had a feeling that she knew exactly what it was about.
So her next thought sounded somthing a little like:
What the hell did Marta do this time?