“Mom! Mom, where are you?” Lily went from room to room and when entering the kitchen, saw Dee sitting on the patio outside the kitchen door. She took a few deep breaths to calm herself and watched her mother for a minute before going to her.
“Mom, I just came from Daddy and he…Mom, are you smoking?”
“No, Lily, I’m trying to set my face on fire.” Sarcasm laced her words, as she raised her brows and looked up at her youngest daughter.
“But you quit smoking when I was just a little girl. You know those things will kill you.”
“You aren’t a little girl any longer and I don’t need a lecture. Sit down and tell me what’s so urgent.”
Lily lowered her bottom onto the edge of a chair and stared at Dee. She’d never seen her like this, so…so un-mom like. “I just talked to Daddy. He told Sarah and me that he’s seeing an attorney next week about a divorce.”
Taking a long pull on the cigarette, Diana closed her eyes and blew the smoke out slowly. It seems Warren couldn’t wait to be rid of her. He couldn’t even keep his word about waiting until he was able to leave the center to say anything. Now she’d have to tell Robbie.
“Mom? Don’t you have anything to say?”
“What do want to know, Lily? He asked for a divorce. I told him I’d fight it, but I can’t force him to stay in a marriage he’s determined to leave. I have no intention of covering for him with you or your brother and sister. This divorce is what he wants and any explanations will have to come from him.”
©E. G. Parsons