Joe cringed. Very few people called him by his full name and last time he checked, Gladys wasn’t one of them.
He slowly folded his hands, eyes still on her, a grin forming on his lips.
“Sarcasm doesn’t suit you Joe.”
“And stupidity suits you?”
Gladys turned a shade darker. “Oh so now I’m stupid huh?”
“No not now, it started a long time ago mum. I keep trying to wonder how you possibly can’t be stupid if you still believe that one day I’ll accept you with open arms and maybe send you a welcome-to-the-family card”
“Say what you may, but what’s done is done, besides…
“And you’re still saying that? No regrets?”
A moment of silence passed between them.
Gladys slowly walked up to him, eyes never leaving him. When she was right in front of him, she slowly leaned forward, more teasingly than intimately, and whispered.
“I’d do it all over again Joe.”
They stood like that for five long seconds. Her height had always impressed Joe. The fact that she could stare him down without straining her neck was both annoying and impressive. Mind you, he stood at 6ft3”… who wouldn’t be impressed. His father apparently was and voila!
When he noticed that she wasn’t going to budge, he took a step back, then another, and just stared.
This babe is just….
He felt pity for her actually.
“Where’s your husband? I need to leave.”
“Oh, for this right?” She held up some sheets of paper which he had somehow failed to notice.
He eyed her wryly. She teased him with hers.
“So are you going to keep playing these stupid mind games or are you going to hand over the documents?”
She took some steps back. She looked offended.
“Game you say? Game right?”
With that, she held up the sheets and ripped them into shreds right before his eyes.
“Ooops.” Gladys said, voice dripping with sarcasm.
Joe felt like he was going to implode. This woman was crazy. What did she think she was doing?
“It’s a pity you’re travelling soon. I doubt my husband would be able to get them prepared in time for you to sign. But don’t worry, I’ll sign!”
And then she smiled broadly.
There have only been a few times in his life that Joe really felt like hitting a woman. He instinctively looked behind him and then started covering the space between them.
“How dare… what the heck, who the heck do you think you…?”
Oh oh… he couldn’t finish his words, a bad sign, he was really angry. It wasn’t the fact that she had torn the papers that irked him so, but her attitude and the way she was toying with him…
“What? You want to beat up your father’s wife now?” She gave him the puppy dog eyes as she gradually stepped back.
“Are you sure you won’t stay and find out? You seem to have found your legs all of a sudden.”
She just laughed.
Joe stopped in his tracks and just looked at her, trying to keep his temper in check. She stared right back…defiantly.
“What?” He turned in the direction of the voice… his father’s voice. “Ahh, dad!”
His father looked from one to the other, a puzzled expression on his face.
Joe wondered how long the man had stood there. No matter the cause, he was sure that the man wouldn’t appreciate him or anyone going off on his wife. Son’s ex-girlfriend or not.
He sighed, then said, “Sorry for the wait, had to answer some calls.” He then held up some sheets. “The papers are here, come and sign them over here.”
And with that he walked towards a table.
Joe just stood there… speechless. He looked up to see Gladys near busting point. The joke was on him!
Why you little…