Kevin is driving too fast, he knows. But Paige is in the hospital and he wants to get Nora and Kitty there as soon as possible and he wants to be there for Sarah and Paige. One short-cut didn’t work. The other was clogged up. But now, at last, they are moving.
With his anger vented, he feels empty. It’s been a terrible weekend. The stupid golf-match, that irritating couple, his mother’s last moment decision not to go honor their father…. He can understand it, but…. No, there were no ‘buts’ in this one, he should have told her, that he wants his date with Scotty….
But then he would have hurt her with his rejection. And why? For someone who is obviously not as serious as he thought. If Scotty is that easy about changing ‘suitors’, then Kevin is sure that Scotty is not the one he is looking for. So right now, keeping an eye on Nora has priority over his own love-life, … or lack thereof. He slows down and drives more carefully.
Nora is in the back and she’s remarkably quiet. She thinks about Kevin’s accusations that she is not sensitive to his wishes. Is there a truth in those words? In all honesty, she knows Kevin hates golf, that he doesn’t want to see her hurt and that, deep in his heart, Kevin still loves his dad. So, yes, in a way she has manipulated him into going.
And it wasn’t until after she saw his disappointment at meeting Scotty with his date, that she connected the dots between ‘Kevin wanting to confirm his date’ and ‘Kevin hurt to see Scotty with someone else’. She really likes Scotty at first sight. She hopes she hasn’t ruined things for Kevin. For years, she fought William over this, she begged Kevin to introduce his boyfriends to them, but he rarely brought them to the house and, now, he seems interested in someone and she herself had become his biggest obstacle.
Kitty stares into the night. She’s not paying attention to Kevin’s driving. She trusts him to keep her safe. But she’s holding on to her safety-belt, because it feels so strong in her hands. Too many questions twirl through her mind. She feels she over-reacted to the picture. The family took a picture years ago. She couldn’t be there. She could have made another choice then, but she didn’t. So is it fair of her to demand that her mother would not hang it there?
“You drove me away.” That is what she said to Nora. She is shocked by her own words tonight and by her mother’s pain. It is unfair, because Kitty knows that she left to prove to herself that she could make it on her own, there in New York.
And then came the telephone call. … And now, she’s staring into the night, because she’s ashamed. She made such a fuss over a picture, when there are far more important things in the world….. Like Paige…