"So you made it home just fine?" Ben called right before bed time.
"Just fine," Ellie sat on her bed then, thinking she should have called him. Why hadn't she thought to call earlier?
"Where's Lon?" His next question stung her a bit.
"Why? You want to talk to him?" She decided she'd play this by ear. Perhaps she was a little testy. She didn't mean to be, but did Ben have to know. Everything.
"I haven't heard from him. No one has," he said then.
"Well, he's fine. I guess he'll call when he's good and ready."
"And you would know when that might be?"
"I'm not sure I do." She sighed.
"What has gotten into you?" Ben kept those questions coming.
"I wish I could tell you, but I'm sure you know the answer to that," Ellie sighed.
"You're being a wise ass, you know that." Ben snapped then. "You graduate high school and you think you can do anything you damn well please."
She hadn't thought she'd make him angry over this. Lon being here. She so wanted to hang up on him then.
"If you have to speak to him, he's right here." She didn't want to say another word. She handed her cell over to Lon who was already in bed.