She was still brooding just a bit when they arrived at her parents’ house, where she’d left her car and her husband, who’d wanted to watch some football game with her father. As her mother pulled into the driveway however she noted a dark blue pickup truck on the right hand side of the driveway, as did her mother.
“Oh look,” she said pleasantly, “Your brother decided to stop by.”
Destiny felt her heart racing a little quicker, but she did her best to keep her voice level as she replied, “I wonder what he’s up to.”
“Well, let’s go find out.” Her mother smiled at her as she pulled up to the garage, shifting the car into park before turning off the engine and stepping out of the car, taking the key as she went. At her age it was impressive that she was so agile, or at least it was to Destiny, who felt fortunate to still be able to hit the gym now and again and not hear a new creak or groan from her body when stretching.
Making her way into the house behind her mother Destiny was paying more attention to the moans and groans of displeasure from the living room off to the left than she was to anything else. A grin stole across her lips despite her misgivings from just a bit earlier as it was likely that her father and husband were either watching their team lose or had seen a less than impressive play. She didn’t even see the person behind and to the right of her until he bumped into her forcefully enough to cause her to stumble as she cried out in surprise.
“Whoa sis,” her brother, Gerald, said as he reached out to steady her, “Time to switch to decaf maybe?” He chuckled as she righted herself, letting her go as she took a breath before turning around to look at him. As her eyes met his thought it was all she could do not to scream.
(to be continued)