Coasting Down Memory Lane;
“Hey, man. What’s up? It’s been a little while, huh?” Jack Johnson said, picking up after the second ring.
Jack and Sidney had met in 2002 when they both attended Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Boarding School in Minnesota. They were both a part of the school’s hockey team that won the U.S. National Championship that year. Jack and Sidney had become good friends that year and continued to keep in touch over the years.
“Hey,” Sidney said. “I’m not up to much, what about you?”
“I’m bored as ever. Like, it’s LA, right? I should be out partying and stuff but I’m not. Something must be wrong with me,” Jack said with a short laugh. “What about you, you out in your summer mansion?”
“I’m in my summer house, yes.” Sidney sat back in his chair in the living room. “We should hang out sometimes, you know, catch up some.”
“Are you inviting me over to your palace?”
“Cut it out. But we should hang out sometimes, whenever you’re free,” Sidney replied.
“When do you want me?”
“When are you free?”
“I can probably catch a flight tomorrow, Thursday at the latest.”
“Sweet. I’ve been bored out of my mind this week. It’ll be good to hang out with a friend.” Jack opened a closet and pulled out a suitcase and some clothes.
“Yeah,” Sidney said and smiled. “Yeah, it’ll be good.”
Several blocks away, Troy sat reading the newspaper in the family room with the TV on low in the background. He glanced up when Trina walked in from the kitchen. When she sat in the chair across from him and looked at him with questioning eyes, he carefully put the paper down.
“What?” He tensed as she unleashed the full power of her eyes.
“Nothing. Well, I just got off the phone with Sid. He said that Jack is coming down tomorrow.” Trina sat back in the chair, crossed her legs.
“Oh, well that’s good. Jack’s a good kid,” Troy said easily.
“Yeah, he is,” she said with a sigh. “I just wonder, you know?”
Uh-oh, Troy thought. Touchy subject. “It will be good to have Jack here. How long is he going to stay for?”
“Sidney didn’t say,” she said absently. “I wonder what happened between him and Riley. They were so happy, then wham she leaves.”
“Some things just aren’t meant to be,” he said carefully.
“They are, though. They are perfect for each other.”
"They’re over, Trina. They broke up – what is it?—three weeks ago. She left him.”
“It won’t last long. They will be back together before we know it. They are in love. This is just a little bump in the road.”
“Trina, he’s here and she’s in Pittsburgh. They are not going to get back together when they’re in different countries. Both of them are going to move on with their lives and forget about each other.”
“That’s not going to happen, Troy,” she said firmly. Do you know what he told me on the phone just now? He told me that he wanted to marry her. Marry her, Troy. Sidney wanted to spend the rest of his life with that girl.”
He sat there, shocked. Sidney hadn’t told him that or anything like it. Wasn’t that what a son was supposed to tell the father first? He didn’t understand why Sidney had told his mother before him. “Oh,” was all he said.
“Wait.” She shot up a hand. “Didn’t you talk to Riley last?”
“No,” he answered quickly. Technically he wasn’t the last one to speak with her.