Episode Seven « The Caliente Affairs
Act 1: Mother Bother
It was eight AM, and Brandi was surprised that her youngest son was still sleeping. Usually, he was an early riser, but Brandi knew this was a rare moment and quietly crept away to have some breakfast.
As she poured some cereal, her eldest son Dustin came out of his bedroom. “You’re up a bit early aren’t you?” She asked. Last night, Dustin had gone to the Halloween Party with his girlfriend. He came home after midnight, much to Brandi’s disappointment.
“Thank you very much!” Brandi sarcastically said, dropping the cereal box and rushing upstairs to see if she could get Calvin to fall back to sleep.
A loud cry distracted Dustin from his thoughts, so he went to eat breakfast with his other brother, Beau, before he had to leave.
“Hey, little bro’!” Dustin said.
Party, Dustin thought to himself and laughed. He loved confusing Beau with his grown-up yet immature sense of humour.
“Hello!” Dustin answered the phone. It was Lilith, Angela’s twin sister. “You’re sick? Or are you just hung-over?” Dustin asked. Lilith was trying to get Dustin to back-up her story so their boss wouldn’t fire her for not showing up this afternoon. “You know, as soon as I bring it up, he’ll make me work your shift. I’m just gonna let you deal with this on your own.” Dustin replied, but Lilith pleaded until he cracked. “Fine! But you owe me big time for this, Lilith.” Dustin laughed. Lilith promised him something extra-special would come his way, as soon as she felt better. As he hung up the phone, he felt as if Lilith’s last comment was a bit too flirtatious. It was true the two had become close friends since working together, but he hoped Lilith knew that that’s all they were ever going to be.
Brandi had managed to persuade Calvin to sit tight until she changed into her clothes. He rubbed the tears from his eyes when she finally came back to let him out of his crib. “Mummy!” Calvin cried, as Brandi swooped him up into her arms. She loved the sound of his voice, she was so happy when he finally started talking; she would just sit with him for hours as he repeated the same words over and over again. Brandi would pick up objects, like a bottle or a book, and Calvin would tell her what they were. As she brought him into the kitchen for his breakfast, Calvin pointed at the front door and cried out, Postman. She laughed and kissed him on the forehead, wondering if all mother’s felt as happy as she did…
It had been a miracle that Nina had managed to schedule an appointment with a private doctor so fast, but Dina later found out the miracle would be how they were going to pay for it without anyone getting suspicious. Nina had found that going to a private doctor meant Dina could remain anonymous. As she entered the doctor’s office once again, she suddenly felt that familiar sickness wash over her. She was about to find out if she was pregnant. She swallowed the lump in her throat before sitting down on the couch, suddenly feeling like she was in a psychiatrist’s office. She reminded herself to be as vague as possible in what she told the doctor.
“Okay, Dina, we’ve got the results of your test back and everything went fine. How have you been feeling in yourself? Any coughs or colds lately?” Dina rolled her eyes.
“You are indeed pregnant.”
Hearing it out loud for the first time, Dina realised she had secretly known that she was pregnant all along, she just didn’t want to believe it.
“And there’s no chance it could be a mistake?” Dina asked, knowing it was unlikely.