I flopped down into the chair once Miller and Foster left to go on shift, and I raised my eyebrows at Downy who was sitting across from me.
He was looking at the TV, though, too entranced with the show we were watching to notice my silent question.
“Downy,” I said finally, drawing his attention to me.
“What?” He asked.
I leaned forward. “What did he have to say?”
He sighed and flipped the television off before leaning back and putting his feet back on the table.
Crossing his arms, he said, “He’s worried about you. He’s worried that you’re making bad choices. He thinks you’re living in this ‘shithole’ out of spite, and he doesn’t think he likes me very much. Oh, and the sex we had earlier didn’t go unnoticed by him, but that was what flipped the scales in my direction. He said, and I quote, ‘My baby girl knows men. She wouldn’t be with you if you were a no-good motherfucker.’ End of story.”
I blinked in surprise. “You know, if he’d just be blunt like that, and talk it out with me, I’d never have left. Instead, he’s so freakin’ high-handed and sneaky, putting GPS chips on my car and having his men follow me around. Jesus, I felt like I was getting smothered there.”
He raised his brow. “What makes you think he hasn’t kept doing it all this time?”
I sat forward suddenly. “You think he has another chip on my car?”
He shook his head. “No, but I think if he was actually really ‘sneaky and high-handed,’ he’d have kept doing it once you left. He hasn’t, so he’s at least trying. He seemed lonely to me. I think all the threats were more of an ‘if you hurt her, I’ll kill you’ variety.”
That made me think.
Was I being too hard on my dad?
I didn’t think I was, but then again, I was the one who’d left without getting his true feelings on the matter.
Was there something more to it all?
Question after question poured through my brain as I thought about what Downy had just said to me.
Downy, at some point, had turned his show back on and continued watching from the exact part he’d stopped at, and I stared blankly at the TV. Uncomprehending of the show nor its plot.
The only thing I kept coming up with was…why?