Jacob suddenly turned his head to Charlie and asked worriedly, “Charlie, do you think your mother-in-law will ever come home?”
Charlie frowned rather awkwardly. “Dad, what do you want me to say? Should I say yes or no?”
Jacob startled in bewilderment then said sheepishly, “Hey, stop beating around the bush. I know you are not satisfied with your mother-in-law too just like me, right?”
Charlie turned to him in shock and exclaimed, “Dad, I never said that!”
Jacob looked askance at him and said, “It’s just between us, you don’t have to hide with me. Claire is not here anyway, we can say whatever we want, am I right?”
Charlie knew what his father-in-law was thinking.
He was looking for a partner in crime.
He didn’t want Elaine to come home, but Claire wanted her mother to be found as soon as possible.
Hence, a psychological confrontation had formed between the father and daughter which made the current score at 1:1. Charlie was the neutral party, in this case, so Jacob desperately needed to win him over.
There were only three people left in the family anyway. If two people didn’t want Elaine to come home, it would form the majority vote in the house.
Therefore, he glanced at Charlie and further induced, “Charlie, think about it, for the past few years, your mom had scolded you almost every day, she even asked Claire to divorce you repeatedly! I saw it with my own eyes! Honestly, as your father-in-law, I feel sorry and sad for you. They say that a son-in-law is half a son! But when did your mom treat you like one? No, never! In fact, you are nothing more than an outsider to her!”
Looking at Jacob’s serious gaze, Charlie said in an earnest tone, “Dad, it is not up to us to decide whether we want her to be back or even when mom will come back. Even if neither of us wants her to come back, she may suddenly appear out of nowhere tonight! It is even possible that she suddenly barges into the kitchen when Aunt Matilda is cooking tonight and beats her up! Mom is an adult, she can come and go as she please, we can’t control her.”
Actually, Charlie could decide Elaine’s whereabouts, but he wouldn’t say that to Jacob, of course.
Jacob was so shocked his face twisted in a horrifying grimace. He asked, his voice shaky and trembling, “You don’t think it would be so coincidental, do you? If Elaine suddenly comes back when Matilda is at our house, cooking and having dinner, all hell will break loose! Knowing your mom, she is going to murder someone…”
Charlie quickly offered a word of comfort as he looked at Jacob’s frightening gazes, “Dad, I don’t think mom will be back tonight. Don’t worry, feel free to invite Aunt Matilda to our place.”
Charlie’s remark did not ease Jacob’s anxiety at all. Jacob huffed, “How can you be sure? You said it earlier, she can come and go as she pleases, what if she does come back?!”
Charlie chuckled in amusement and said, “Dad, don’t worry, I promise you, mom will not come back tonight. If she does, you can twist my head off my neck and kick it like a ball.”
Jacob chided, “No, I don’t want your head! I want your Matilda to have a nice and decent meal at our house in peace.”
Suddenly, his eyes opened wide as if something struck him. “I’ve got an idea! My dear son-in-law, you must help me!”
Charlie looked at him in amusement and asked, “What is it? Tell me, what do you want me to do?”
Jacob leaned closer to him and said as if they were discussing some military strategy plan, “Later, when Matilda arrives at our house, I will lock the main door from the inside. If Elaine comes back, help me and block her way! You are very strong, you can drag her away from our house! If you can’t lift her, you must knock her out! No matter what, you must not let her come in and bump into Matilda!”