Chapter Fifteen

Only Forward

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Shaking in anger he squeezed the bottle, farting semisweet chocolate over mounds of dark ice-cream. Spitting in his ear, she raged on. “Don’t hide behind that child! Don’t make like she’s frightened of just me. She’s frightened of THIS! Of you! Of my father. Our history. Everything!”

Refusing to look at her and refusing to answer, he scooped in another scoop, shaking the bottle to force forward a strong stream that pooled up from the bottom of the broad bowl. “You are disgusting. That’s so sick! THAT is an addic- tion! You’re gonna eat all that now? That’s how you deal with life’s problems? Why don't put on your big boy pants and get all this settled. Don’t walk away again!”

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Shaking in anger he squeezed the bottle, farting semisweet chocolate over mounds of dark ice-cream. Spitting in his ear, she raged on. “Don’t hide behind that child! Don’t make like she’s frightened of just me. She’s frightened of THIS! Of you! Of my father. Our history. Everything!”

Refusing to look at her and refusing to answer, he scooped in another scoop, shaking the bottle to force forward a strong stream that pooled up from the bottom of the broad bowl. “You are disgusting. That’s so sick! THAT is an addic- tion! You’re gonna eat all that now? That’s how you deal with life’s problems? Why don't put on your big boy pants and get all this settled. Don’t walk away again!”