Episode 774: WheelsBowie stopped packing up his supplies to answer his cell, surprised to see his best friendís number rather than his wife.
"Hey," he said, "whatís with the heavy breathing, Ava?" His forehead wrinkled in concern. Ava sounded as if someone were chasing her. "Whatís going on? Are you okay?"
Between gasps for air, Avalon said, "Lila ran out on the party, worried, we couldnít catch her."
Bowie grimaced. "I was just finishing up early so I could head over and give her a hand. This was such a big deal to her, why would she run out? What happened?"
By then, Ava had mostly regained her breath. "Right from the start, Bas and I knew something was off with her, she seemed frazzled, and she pretty much made a mess of the party."
"Dammit, I knew she was stressed, and then she called me and told me she and Bowie had some sort of blow up, and he left. I should have dropped work right then, to help her out, I-"
"Bo, no, donít beat yourself up, there was no helping her. Bas and I tried when we saw she was in the weeds, but, I mean, she was just in total self-destruct mode, and then to see her take off like that, looking so upset, I wish weíd managed to catch up with her before she dove into her car and sped off. Weíre worried."
"Yeah, me, too. This garden party meant so much to her career plan, for her to royally screw it up, and then take offÖ I donít know, itís not like her to give up without a fight."
"Maybe she ran after Jesse," Ava suggested. "Maybe their blow up had her distracted from her work and finally she decided to hell with it, Iím going to find him. Lila has a history of doing some sketchy things, but not lately, and Iíve never doubted that she loves her kids. So, maybe thatís where she is, maybe sheís straightening things out with Jesse and we have nothing to worry about."