A Family Crisis

Joel was relaxing on the sofa in the den watching a video when the phone rang. He paused the video and reaching over, he grabbed the extension. It was Matt. “Hello, Matt.”

“Hi, Joel, are you busy?” His brother asked.

“No. Nothing going on here except Quick casseroles and inky obstacles.”

“Pardon?”

“Kira’s busy in the kitchen making casseroles for Dad’s party tonight and I was watching Inky Johnson‘s motivational talks on overcoming obstacles. What’s up, Bro?”

“Can we meet at Bayview Village outside of Shopper’s in about half-hour? I’m on my way there now.”

“Sure. I’ll be waiting.”

“Thanks, Joel.”

“No problem. See you in half hour.” He ended the call and went into the kitchen. “That was Matt. He wants to talk to me about something. We’re going to meet at Bayview Village outside of Shopper’s in about half-hour.”

“How did he sound?”

“Upset.”

Kira sighed. “No doubt it has something to do with Gina.”

“Yes.”

“I hope Matt is still coming to your Dad’s party.”

“I’m sure he is.”

“It will be a very interesting night.”

“Yes. It’s also going to be a night that you and I are going to enjoy and that means not babysitting Matt and Mel. They are grown adults. I’m sure we can rely on them to act responsibly.”

“You’re right. We’re not going to play referee and chaperone. We’re going to enjoy ourselves.”

“Yes! That sounds good to me. Well, I’d better head out now. Is there anything you would like me to pick up on the road before I come home?”

“No, thanks, Honey.”

“All right. I’ll see you later, Honey.” He leaned over and kissed her on the lips before he walked out of the kitchen. A few minutes later, she heard the front door close.

After she finished cooking, she went into the living-room to take a nap on the sofa. She was feeling a bit tired. As soon as her head hit the cushion, she drifted off. She had no idea how long she was asleep for but she woke up with a start. The phone was ringing.

Reluctantly, she got up and answered it. On the display, she saw that it was Gina. “Hello, Gina.” When she heard only sobs, she asked in alarm, “What’s wrong? Is it Cam?”

Gina managed to speak after a while. “No. It’s Matt.”

“What’s wrong with Matt?” She didn’t mention that he had called Joel and that they were meeting. It wasn’t her place to say anything.

“He wants a divorce.”

Kira’s mind was whirling. Matt wanted a divorce? “I thought you two were just separating. What happened?”

“We had a nasty row and he decided that he wants a divorce. What am I going to do, Kira?”

Kira took the phone over to the sofa and sat down. “I honestly don’t know, Gina,” she said. Only God could save their marriage now.

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