Zeke didn't feel this was home anymore. It just wasn't the holidays without Caitlin. He'd wanted them to talk more on the phone, but of course, his mom had a huge list of things that needed to get done around the house. A list she'd kept for him as if were her "honey-do" plan for the season. He was beginning to think she needed to find someone else to do these things. Like a boyfriend, but then again..what boyfriend wanted to be checking in the attic for lord knows what.
Finally, he said something to her on his last day there.
"Mom, I'm not your husband." No way was she ever going to keep him this long again, at home. It was as if she'd taken him for granted and in the process..he was miserable. "I have Caitlin now..and..and you messed it up, big time. This would have been a great time for you to get to know her."
"You know, you fell into this with her, way to quickly." She pointed out. She was still disappointed in him that he was shacking up with her. Of course, if Caitlin had been here..well, they certainly wouldn't be sleeping together in her house. This baffled Zeke more since his mother wasn't even religious, but here she was sounding as if Zeke was the worst person ever, or at least he thought so.
Zeke looked around to see if Smed was around. He was in the kitchen with their sister while Zeke was in the livingroom with his Mom. He was trying to get the Christmas tree down before they left. All these boxes for ornaments and lights scattered about. She bore him with her nagging about which ornament for what box. He was about to tell her to just do it herself. He wanted to get on the road.
"What about Jenny?" She brought up then as if how could not forget her.
"Jenny?" Zeke winced as if that was defiitely a foreign word. "I've known her for the last four years from World Of Warcraft. I don't even have her phone number, anymore. We were just friends." Why did she have to bring her up? She lived in Florida.
"You remember how happy you'd be, when she'd call." Her mom smiled as if it were yesterday.
"God, Mom.." He didn't even know if he were up to explaining it to his mom. He was growing up. Couldn't she see that? "Look, I love Caitlin. And, you are going to have to accept the fact that we're good for each other. We really are. She's my best friend. We're there for each other. And I can't go back to this. I can't." He glared at his mother then.
How in the world was he ever going to make this up to Caitlin? Missing out on their first holidays they should have spent together.