armel smiled remembering them at the airport, clinging on to each other, sobbing, hugging, so in love at fifteen years of age. “Mother, just be assured, those two kids have more propriety in their little fingers than the rest of this whole world put together.”
Uncharacteristically, her mother pushed the issue, she wanted to know when the boys had spent nights there. “Jessie, probably once a week, till about four weeks ago, they study, he falls asleep, I leave them where they are, but that's stopped now, the elder brother collects him at eleven each night. The elder brother, just once.” at which she got up and went to walk out of the room. Cheryl stopped her, “this is a very dangerous situation, what if...” she couldn’t bring herself to say 'pregnant'.
“Mother it will never happen, they will wait until they can marry, from what I can gather, Jessie is going to ask his mother for her permission for them to marry when they turn sixteen. And let me say this, if you refuse Penny, I will walk out of that door and never come back,” her mother sat back in shock, what had she missed that things had become this intense? “While you were working mum, and I was raising Penny, and FYI she has grown into a fine young lady. It's not your fault mum, it just is what it is.” She went to her room.
Carmel checked their social network and wasn’t surprised to find Jessie and Penny had been born on the same day. There were pictures on Penny's wall, she hadn’t seen before, had been too busy to look. Such sweet pictures of Jessie and Penny, nobody who had ever seen them together, nobody who had ever seen these pictures could doubt they were very much in love. Their relationship status was 'Married' to each other. She got a text then.
[I wish I had someone to see me off like that, Todd] Carmel wanted to reply but didn’t know what to say.
When Todd got off the phone his mother was waiting for an explanation. She wanted to know why her youngest son was sobbing uncontrollably, why her eldest son was fighting with his father down the phone, and why this was the first she knew of their problems.
Todd advised her of the situation start to finish, “Jessie wants my permission to marry when he turns sixteen?” his mother asked incredulously. Todd nodded. Norika decided it was about time to find out what her ex-husband had been putting her sons through. Norika and Todd senior had met while she was studying in Britain on a scholarship, and he was training at the Met, neither of them had been rich, and they had married for love, not for position. Todd senior then gained himself a second wife, her name was 'The Force', and Norika couldn’t contend. She had only left the boys in Britain to get an education, she had never dreamed he would be controlling their lives to this extent. Todd waylaid any fears his mother may be having about Jessie and Penny, and she could see there was more on his mind and asked him who Carmel was?
“She is my leverage against my father” he smirked a humourless smirk.
“And what does she mean to you?” Norika asked.
“Not as much, as I guess I’d like her to,” came his honest reply, his mother put her arm around his shoulders and pulled him into a hug, he still needed his mother. Norika asked if Carmel felt the same? Todd laughed again humourlessly, “I doubt it, I think I pulled her pigtails too hard trying to get her to notice me.”