THE CALLISON HOME - LIVING
you seem very upset," Charles said as he tried to display a calm
exterior. "Just come sit down and tell me what's wrong. Hannah,
that'll be all for the evening. Please make sure we're not
"Yes, Mr. Callison,"
Hannah replied before leaving them alone.
"Now, Mary, why don't you
tell me what's got your feathers all ruffled."
"How dare you keep
flaunting your affair with that woman in public! Don't you have any
concern whatsoever for your wife's feelings?" When Charles sat down,
Mary motioned that she preferred to stand.
"I care about Francis'
feelings very much. In fact..."
"Well, you have a really
fine way of showing it! Don't you realize what it does to her to see you
carrying on with that woman? Don't you realize what kind of talk that it
"Mary, 'that woman' has a
name. You can refer to her as 'Annabelle' or can not refer to her at
all!" Charles looked up at Mary and tried to keep his rising temper
in check. From his seated position, Mary seemed to nearly tower over
him. She could be a rather intimidating figure, but he was determined not
to let her get the better of him.
really none of my concern," Mary said as she nearly spat out the
name. "My concern is what your behavior is doing to my
daughter! Are you deliberately trying to hurt and embarrass her?
Don't you understand what she's going through?"
"Causing pain for Francis
is the last thing on my mind." All the trauma his wife was going
through was not lost on him. Hurting her was, in fact, the last thing he
wanted. That's why he had to keep her away from him. True, she might
be hurt now, but Charles was sure that it was a small price to prevent the pain
that he would surely cause her in the long run. "No matter what's
happened, I still care about her very much. In fact, I still love
"You have a damn fine way
of showing it!" Mary stepped closer to him and looked at him
sternly. "That's what all of your shenanigans with Annabelle Lake are
doing...causing pain and trauma for Francis! I'm here to warn you that it
all stops now or you'll have to deal with me!"