Taking a deep breath, he straightened his tie and knocked firmly on the front door. He would face this head-on.
Jason felt the tears welling in his eyes.
But Jason knew that nothing was ever going to be the same again.
"And everyone who was lucky enough to love Haley knew what a loving, kind, devoted woman she was," he added. He paused, slinging an arm around Rio's shoulder. "And she loved all of her children." Rio dipped his head and swiped at the tear. Haley had always been like a mother to him.
Maritza stepped forward and hugged Jason tightly, wiping a tear from her eye before she stepped back. "I never thought I would leave the Island for this," she trailed sadly, regretting the miles of ocean that had kept her from her very best friend. "I always meant to come back..."
"Read it," Johnny replied tersely.
Johnny shook his head sadly. He didn't need to ask Jason if it was true. His reaction was telling enough.
It was bad enough that the article detailed his affair with Brenda, but the grainy black and white pictures alongside the writing offered undeniable proof.
"This is Cheri! Leave your name & number and I'll call you right back!" her voice recording announced happily.
Jason squeezed his eyes shut. "Cheri? This is Jason. Call me back when you get this. I... oh plumbbob... I'm so sorry, baby. Just call me back. Right away... please..."
She'd seemed distant when he'd called to tell her about his mom's funeral, offering to watch Natalee so he could attend with the twins. Had she known? he thought miserably, trying to replay every conversation they'd had in the past few days.
"If you could just sign here, we'll have them served immediately," Aubrey Sekemoto told his client kindly. He pushed the papers across the table towards her, adding, "Everything is just as we discussed."
*AN - BLEH! I am so going to miss Haley so much! If possible, I liked her even more than Eva! I'm so glad that the whole family got together for Leisure Day recently and that she passed before the big scandal with Jason hit the newspaper!
Kimi is now an adult and is the spitting image of her mother!
And look at Maritza's kiddos all grown up - little Darryl Junior & Madeline!
I was feeling a little nostalgic and went back to look at a few of memories that Johnny spoke about in his eulogy.
During that meandering, I happened to run across a picture of Jason's dad and future stepdad:
|Haley, Week Twenty-Five, Day Three|
I forgot how much Jason looked like his father, Gage, the schmuck!!