Centipeding a distinctive diagonal line of dust
It was the furry ice cream float that made Edna slam the fridge door. Visiting her grandson had been an even worse idea than Bernard had said it would be. Not that he’d had to endure it. Not being a blood relation, her fifth husband, he’d only dropped her off and escaped to the pub. She wished she could escape. Maybe Jack hadn’t heard her over the din of his pop music. He’d always insisted she let herself; even when he wasn’t there.
“No secrets,” he’d said – not that she’d want to go exploring in his student flat. On the rare occasions that she’d gone there when he’d been out it had been the silence that had given away his absence. She’d thought about tidying up when she knew he’d be at college. She’d half-tried it once but with a week it had returned to its former unglory.
Bernard was enough to look after without having two grown children on her plate. She ran her finger over the front of the TV, centipeding a distinctive diagonal line of dust cutting the screen in two. She glanced towards the bedroom when the music stopped and waited for the door to open. When it was evident that it wasn’t going to, she decided to make them both a cup of tea and see if he surfaced before his got cold. She’d just started hers when his door finally opened.
“Gran!” he said, tousling his curly blond hair – inherited from Edna’s son-in-law.
“Good afternoon, Jack,” she said, emphasising the second word. “There’s a cup of tea for you here.”
“Thanks, Gran,” he mumbled, before heading for the bathroom and slamming the door.
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