We watched the news for a while. I served Fred and Chloe food while I had juice. I was not hungry, just tired from the days work.
“Fred, I have to go Ann’s and Mike place for a while. Mind watching Chloe?” I asked.
“What is wrong?” He got concerned.
“She had sent me a text earlier to go and see her. I do not think there is anything wrong.”
“Okay. Let me know if I can help.”
“Thank you.” I replied.
“You will take my car?”
“Definitely.” I replied taking the keys from him.
I drove over to Mike’s house. It was like a five minutes drive. I knocked thrice before the door was opened. Ann opened the door and leaned on it. She looked tired. I gave her a hug before heading to where Mike was. He was holding the seat cushion so tightly. He did not let it go even when I leaned in to hug him.
“Kate, please assist me in the kitchen.” Ann said leading the way.
I took it as a cue for us to have some alone time. I followed her.
When we entered the kitchen, Ann broke down and cried silently. She raised her brown top to her face and wiped her tears with it. I walked to where she was, and put my arms around her.
“I cannot do this anymore.” She whispered.
“Ann, what is going on?” I asked.
“This situation with Mike is really hard on me. He has sunk into depression despite the therapy he has been getting. And on top of it, I am pissed off with him.”
“Oh girl, I am so sorry.” I said.
“What should I do?”
“You need to put your feelings aside first and help him recover. He needs to be well before you can start afresh.”
She walked to the fridge and took a small bottle of chilled water. She drank it all.
“What about his depression?” She asked.
“I think it is because he realizes what he has done. He is guilty and does not know how to deal with it. Give him time and he will be out of it.”
“Now wipe your tears.” I said. “Lets go to the other room.”
We joined Mike in the other room. He was watching a series on Fox TV.
“How are you Mike?” I asked. “Fred said hello.”
“I’m better.” He replied silently.
“Which series is this?”
“It is called ‘Shots Fired’. It is a nice one.”
“Lets watch it then.” I said.