"Rio, come sit down. I'm sure they'll be home soon. You're going to make yourself sick worrying!" Maritza said, beckoning him to the couch.
Rio just shook his head. "No. I can't sit right now." He felt like a bundle of nerves ready to explode. He wished he'd just gone to the mediation anyways. Haley wasn't his mom, it's not like she could tell him what to do...
He resumed pacing.
"Rio," Haley said, reaching for him.
For the first time in his life, he pulled away. He didn't need another damn hug right now. "What happened? Did Shaye get full custody?"
"Good!" Rio shouted again. "Good riddance! Who needs her anyway?!" he hiccuped on a sob. "Who needs any of you guys!"
Shaye threw the door open, surprised to see Rachel's brother. "What do you want?" he asked, half-afraid that he was here to fight. He quickly sized him up. I could take him, he thought.
"Is Rio here?" Johnny asked.
Shaye shook his head. "No. I haven't seen him," he said, his cautiousness turning to worry.
He turned halfway and ushered her back in the house. "Give me a second honey," he told her, before stepping out and shutting the door. "When's the last time you saw Rio?"
"Quite sure. The girls just got back from a cheering camp," he told her.
Haley nibbled her bottom lip. "Can I speak with Nadine?" she asked. She prayed Nadine knew where Rio might have gone.
"No," Johnny responded tersely. "Shaye and I are going to go down to the police station."
"No, Mom," Jason said, shaking his head. He couldn't believe Rio had run away! He couldn't imagine being so mad that he'd voluntarily leave his mom. He sent a side-glance towards Johnny. Even if she was dating him.
Johnny shared a quick glance with Shaye. "Sweetie, they'll call me the second they hear anything," he told her, patting the seat beside him. "Come sit down."