Tuesday, November 8, 2011
a sore subject
Asa didn't talk about the drinking.
"I'm not really hungry." Matt winced as if he might puke at the sight of food once they got to the dining room. Amanda and Max were waiting. Derrick was off at the school for try-outs at the musical.
"We've got plenty. Just make your self at home." Asa kept being friendly. He introduced Matt to Amanda.
"We were just talking about you." Amanda got her flirt back as soon as she saw him which Asa tried not to be alarmed about. Max remained quiet. He ate as if he wasn't to let this interruption bother him.
"You were?" Matt's smile was open. Asa hoped Amanda didn't ask him too many questions. They passed the salad and baked beans his way. Then came the pigs in a blanket. "I haven't had these since..." Matt was quiet for a few moments as if he might have a little breakdown. "The kids always liked these." He nodded then.
Suddenly, Asa understood what Matt's real problem might be. It must have been the drinking that kept Matt away from home.