"Okay, sweetie, just hold that against your eye. Mommy's got to go kill your brother", Nancy settled her grimacing youngest son into a chair. Fuming, she grabbed her keys, her purse, and her latte and headed out the door. Almost as soon as she'd gotten the car started, she cut the ignition off, laying her head on the steering wheel. She wouldn't cry, she wouldn't cry, she wouldn't cry.
What the fuck was going on today? First she'd gotten ripped off by that red-necked rent-a-cop. Fourteen thousand dollars down the drain. Gone. Then, as if that wasn't enough, Shane had tried to burn the school down. Okay, that was an exaggeration, but he had started a fire nonetheless. And now Silas. The thought of her seeing him hit his little brother, and watching her baby boy cowered on the floor made Nancy's blood boil. She was going to kill him. She turned the car on again, and started backing out of the driveway. Before she could pull all the way out, Andy came rushing from the house up to the window.
"Pants! Good. I thought you'd left already"
"Don't call me Pants, Andy. What is it?"
"Okay. Okay, I know that what Silas did was wrong, but whatever you're going to do, yell at him or whatever; I think you should just wait until you get back home to do it"
"Just, hear me out. He really likes this girl. So, I know he was wrong to go all Holyfield over a lighter, but just, you know, cut the kid some slack. It was Judah's lighter. You know, just, don't come down on him in front of the girlfriend", Nancy seethed, gripping the steering wheel as she thought about what he said.
"I'll think about it", she said finally, releasing the brake and heading towards Megan's house. She knew that was where to find her wayward teen.
Driving, she thought back to the last few months. This was her fault mostly, right? After Judah died, she hadn't been as involved in the kid's lives as she should be. She'd been so busy with business that she hadn't really stopped to look at what they were doing. Sure, they'd both been misbehaving a little, but she hadn't wanted to come down too hard on them. She told herself they'd been through enough. Looking back, maybe she just hadn't wanted to deal with it. But, that was ending today. She'd already taken care of Shane, but if Silas needed a push in the right direction too, he was definitely going to get it.