“I used to shower with Mommy all the time. I wanna shower with Daddy!”
“You can shower with me, munchkin,” Cindy offered. This distracted Mindy enough for Kyle to escape.
While he was bathing, Randy walked in the bathroom and sat on the counter.
“I wanna shower with Daddy!” He laughed, his voice cracking.
“Don’t say that around anyone else. Seriously. They’ll think I’m some sort of pervert.”
“Never a word. So, what do you think of that Adam guy?”
“He’s nice. He’s Emily’s godson.”
“Yeah? Cool. He was hitting on Cindy yesterday. I thought he’d shit himself when I told him to lay off.”
“Thanks for handling that. I was about ready to toss him overboard.”
“Like I couldn’t tell? I haven’t lived with you my entire life not to see that murderous frown you get. He seriously thought she was seventeen. I get the feeling that’s gonna happen a lot. She’s filled out some this last year. All my friends think she’s hot.”
“They say that?” Kyle wrapped a towel around his waist and put on shaving gel.
“They say a lot more that I’m not gonna repeat. I about broke Billy Wilder’s nose a week ago.”
“Son, what have we said about self-control?”
“Like you wouldn’t hit a guy who told you that about your sister?”
“I don’t have a sister and I don’t know what he said. Why don’t you tell me?”
“Cause you’d want to fucking kill him.”
“Randall,” he lowered his voice, frowning at his son.
“Kyle,” Randy countered in a surprisingly deep voice. “Look, the point is, you need to have Carmelita talk to her about how she dresses and shit. She’s gonna end up pregnant by the time she’s sixteen otherwise.”
“I hope you kids make better choices than that. She knows better than to fool around at her age.”
“You and Mom knew better. Did that stop you? I’m not stupid, Dad. I can add. You were married in June. Cindy’s birthday is December. It doesn’t take a math genius to figure it out.”
Kyle nicked himself. Cursing, he took toilet paper to staunch the blood.
“We made a mistake.” He shrugged. “No matter what, I loved your mother.”
“Was she a virgin when you two got together?”
Kyle nicked himself again. “I can’t believe I’m having this conversation with my twelve year old son.”
“I’ll be thirteen in two weeks. And I want to know.”
“So, was she your first too?”
Kyle didn’t look at him right away, concentrating on his shaving. Randy stared at him until he nicked himself again.
“No. Are you happy now?”
“So, when did you lose your virginity?”
“I was older than you by a considerable amount.”
“How much an amount?”
“Why are you asking me this? Sudden curiosity?”
“Because I’ve got your undivided attention. And I want to know. Why does it matter?”
“I made some dumb mistakes in my life, Randy. I grew up too damn fast. I hope that your mom and I provided a better example than I got.”
“Why did your dad leave?”
“I don’t know. I was a kid, a little older than Mindy. One day I woke up and he was gone. My world turned upside down.”
“Did he die?”
“No, son. He left us.”
“Just like that?”
“Yeah. Just like that. Your mom may be gone, sport, but at least you knew she loved you until her last breath. You’ve got memories you can carry of her the rest of your life. I can’t even remember what my father looked like. Mom threw away all the pictures. My grandmother says I favor him, but she’s never showed me pictures either.”
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