Home Truths by Tina Seskis

Home Truths by Tina Seskis

Author:Tina Seskis [Seskis, Tina]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Fiction, Psychological, Thrillers, Suspense, Family Life, General
ISBN: 1542093589
Google: tflbwQEACAAJ
Amazon: B07MCTWB38
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Published: 2019-11-14T13:00:00+00:00


43

ALEX

Alex was pretty sure that Eleanor didn’t know his mother had died on the fourteenth of January. But then again, why should she? The anniversary of her death felt like a private thing – not a secret as such, but just something that had no meaning to his wife. And seeing as Eleanor had virtually no relationship with her own parents these days, albeit partly because there was an ocean in the way, why would she be interested in his? Secretly, though, Alex always felt edgy at this time, as if the very day of the year, the position of the sun in the sky, the alignment of the stars, did for him. He could feel his teeth aching at the back of his mouth. Another year gone. Surely that must mean something.

Brianna’s silence was noticeable as she sat in the passenger seat, playing on her mobile. Alex was dropping his daughter down to Euston, so she could catch the train back to Coventry after the Christmas holidays. It still seemed unbelievable that she’d left home already, that she was at university now. Where had the time gone?

‘So, you looking forward to going back, Brianna?’ he proffered, as a potential opening. The name still grated on him a little, and maybe it was just too American for his northern roots. Eleanor had loved it, though, and Alex hadn’t minded enough to object.

‘Yeah, it’ll be all right,’ she said.

‘Looking forward to seeing everyone?’

Brianna wasn’t biting. ‘Hmmm.’

‘And how’s the love life?’ he persisted. He turned on to the Camden Road and switched into third.

Brianna sighed. ‘Fine.’

‘So, when are we going to meet him?’

‘Oh, Dad, you are so embarrassing.’ Brianna paused, and Alex could feel the tension in her body, resonating through the car seats. ‘. . . And anyway, Mum’s already met him.’

‘What? When?’

‘When she came up for the Christmas show.’ She didn’t need to follow up with, ‘You could have met him too, if you’d come.’ The thought was as good as audible.

‘Oh,’ Alex said. He was furious that Eleanor hadn’t told him. A pang of remorse hit him, that he seemed to be always missing things lately, but that was the nature of his situation. He couldn’t be in two places at once. It couldn’t be helped. He kept his eyes on the road as he made his way across the roundabout, nipping in front of but perilously close to a school bus.

‘Hey, careful, Dad. You’re not on a blue light now, y’know.’

Alex kept his voice as even as he could. ‘It’s perfectly safe, Bree. You’re just like your mother.’ He patted her knee in an attempt to be conciliatory, but inside he was roiling still.

‘Yeah, right,’ she said.

Alex pulled up outside the strip club just along from the side entrance to the station. He always stopped here when he was dropping someone off at Euston.

‘See you in a few weeks,’ he said. ‘Be good.’

‘Bye, Dad.’ Brianna leaned over and pecked him on the cheek. ‘Thanks for the lift.’ As she jumped out of the car and sashayed across the street Alex felt a pull of poignancy.



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