Episode 769: We Can't StopLila left Ava without telling her anything. Keeping her mouth shut had seemed the right thing to do, though right and wrong had always been a bit muddled in her brain.
With a frown, and a tight knot in her stomach, Lila returned home. Thinking herself alone, she turned her phone back on and risked checking her messages.
If Avalon had called with that concerned voice of hers, with the promise to understand, Lila might give in to the urge to talk, which would be a mistake, wouldnít it? Part of her really wanted to make that mistake though, to have someone other than Katherine to bounce this stuff off of, so she checked her messages, but there wasnít any invitation to conversation, no vow of support, just threats.
Katherine, as always, didnít sugarcoat things. She reminded Lila that if the truth took her medical career down, there went Lilaís chief source of employment with her; and there went all the prime connections for the wedding and party-planning business Lila hoped to launch.
Katherine further reminded Lila that most husbands donít deal well with discovering that their child isnít biologically their own, and the child doesnít tend to immediately adjust either.
Lila paced her living room, frantic, and a little breathless, not unlike a caged animal, listening to Katherine on repeat, listening to how dire things could get if she wasnít careful.
"Mom," Jesse said.
"Oh, hey, how was your day? Did you just get home?" Lila asked while putting away her phone and doing her level best to act normal.
"No, Iíve been here a little while," her eldest son said. "I was justÖ in my room. Are you okay?"
Lila had intended to deflect that question though she hadnít realized sheíd have a genuine reason to do so until she looked long and hard at her son. His hair sat flat on one side as if heíd been napping, something heíd never been a fan of, and his color appeared off by several shades.
"Forget me," she said. "Whatís up with you? Why do you look pale and sleepy?"
"I was cramming for exams pretty much all night, thatís all, and then this afternoon it caught up with me, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Itís no big deal. Iím fine. What about you? You seem frazzled, or freaked out or something, mom."
"Iím just, you know running around working on Avaís wedding and the garden party at the same time, itís a lot, Iím fine though, too, really fine, no problems whatsoever."