By Tuesday morning I was beginning to feel a little pissed off with everyone. Sister hadn't left the bedroom since Friday. I had to keep Nephew busy to stop him from wondering why his mother was lying in bed staring into space and why his father wasn't with them.
I snapped by Tuesday afternoon.
"Get up. You need to take a shower and you need to start talking."
It took a lot of energy, but I finally persuaded her to get up. While she was in the shower her phone rang. It was Brother-in-law! I didn't answer, I have a policy of never answering other peoples phones, but I couldn't resist calling him back.
I could practically hear Solicitor's voice of reason as I dialed Brother-in-laws number. "Leave it Elise. It's none of your business." Of course I ignored it.
Brother-in-law answered straight away.
"I need to speak to my wife."
"Really? It's taken you this long? I guess you sort of forgot she was your wife, huh?"
"You don't like me do you?"
"Did she tell you everything?"
"She didn't have to. I saw the text. Who is she?"
"Nobody. A mistake." Brother-in-law sighed "I went a bit crazy when Sean showed up."
"Sean? You see your old friend and suddenly you feel like cheating?"
What a prick? That doesn't even make sense!
"She didn't tell you did she?"
"Tell me what?"
"That Sean showed up and demanded to see Nephew."
"Why would he do that?"
Honestly Brother-in-law must have some messed up friends. Imagine me running over to Bimbo's demanding to see Baby Girl.
Brother-in-law was quiet for a while.
"I need to speak to my wife." He said finally. "Please, I know you're angry with me, but you don't know the full story."
He sounded upset. Not upset in a guilty way. I expected him to cry down the phone and beg, but he didn't. He sounded, well tired. I almost felt sorry for him. Almost.
"I'll tell her you called."
"Thank you. Elise, can I speak to my son?" Brother-in-law's voice broke a little.
I'm not a bitch. Of course he could speak to Nephew. I stood in the doorway while Nephew told him about the last few days. He'd beaten me and Solicitor on Wii Bowling. Grandmama had shown him how to paint 'properly'.
We they'd hung up I put Alvin and the Chipmunks on for Nephew and went in search of my sister.
I waited in the spare room for her to emerge from the shower. Half and hour later she walked in, looking like a drowned animal. Her hair dripped water everywhere. Instead of getting ready she flopped down on the bed and rolled over to her side. She looked depressed. Like a walking zombie.
"What's the deal with Sean?" I asked suddenly.
"Your husband called."
I heard a choking sound. Oh my God, she was... yes. Tears! Sister was crying.
Not just crying. Sobbing. Quietly at first. But then it got louder.
I threw my arms around her. He hair was soaking through my top, but I didn't care. After five days, she was finally letting go. The heeling could begin. Or the pain. Either way I was there.
She cried for a long time. Nephew came up while she was sobbing. He looked so worried, my heart almost broke.
"Why is mummy crying?" He asked curiously.
"Do you mind doing me a favour, babe? Can you take my camera and take some pictures of the garden?"
It was the first thing that came into my head! I told him that I needed at least a hundred photos of the plants and insects for my work. He didn't believe me, but he went anyway. I hope he didn't break the camera.
Once Sister had calmed down I told her again to call Brother-in-law. As much as I was dying to know the situation with Sean, Sister needed to speak with Brother-in-law.
Sean's probably some psychopath. You come across people like that all the time. They leave for years and come back demanding to restore a friendship.
I had a friend called Karen that did that to me once. We were best friends at 16 and her family moved to Enfield. She came back for a visit a few months later and got a bit pissed off because I invited Vicky too. She went mad and told me to go and spend my life with Vicky since I don't care about her anymore.
I didn't really speak to her much after that. I heard through the grapevine that she shaved her hair and started seeing a girl called Jen. Vicky told me she always thought Karen was in love with me.
Maybe Sean's gay. He might have tried it on with Brother-in-law and Brother-in-law had to try and prove how straight he was by sleeping with another woman. Maybe Sean left him no choice! Oh my God! Maybe the text was meant for Sean. That's horrible!