Episode 978: Think Twice“You’re sure about this?” Her husband asked.
Justine nodded. “You were right. He is like my parents. He’s willing to manipulate anyone for his own gain. I love my brother and I don’t want that to be who he is. So, maybe if it backfires on him a little tonight, it’ll be lesson learned, he’ll treat people with more care, especially the people he’s supposed to love.”
“Okay.” Quentin pressed a kiss to her cheek. “I’m with you.”
Hands clasped, they made their way around the house to the backyard, which from the street they’d noticed was aglow with fairy lights. They’d correctly presumed they’d found the house’s occupants there, or at least, they found one of them, Ava, setting a picnic table for dinner.
“Oh, hi!” Ava said. “This is a surprise, Bas didn’t say he’d talked to you about maybe stopping by. It’s nice to see you.”
Justine hadn’t spend a great deal of time with Ava but she knew her to be a good kind person. She didn’t want to upset Ava, but at the same time, Ava needed to know what was going on, if Bas continued to let his insecurities drive him, who knew how far and how bad it would go for him. Ava was likely the one person who could coax him off that particular ledge.
“We didn’t have plans with Bas, just paying him back for an earlier visit.”
Ava gave that a puzzled look but ever the gracious hostess, she said, “well, since you’re here why don’t you stay for dinner, we’re just grilling, it won’t be any trouble.”
“We did end up canceling our dinner plans tonight, but the thing is I’ve very much lost my appetite thanks to-” as if on cue, Sebastian stepped outside with a tray of condiments, “thanks to my brother who decied to tell me Quent has been keeping Xavier’s identity a secret. Bas didn’t tell me this out of concern though, he told me to get a reaction, so I’d be so angry with Quent and so willing to jump to conclusions about Xaavier’s drug abuse that I’d kick him out of our lives. Bas hoped Xavier would leave town, he’d be away from you, Ava. If he lost the only sense of family he had here, what reason would he have to stay?”
“Your husband didn’t tell you the truth about the messed up guy hanging with your kids,” Bas argued. “I thought you should know.”
“You thought it wouldn’t matter if you threw a grenade into my marriage as long as it protected yours.”
“Unbelievable,” Ava said and she stormed into the house.
“Thanks a lot, Justine, really helpful,” Bas swapped.
Justine nodded. “Now you know how it feels, so maybe next time you’ll think twice.”