This has been a week with more tears than I’ve shed in a long time. It’s a week when everything comes into question.
Danny stormed into the house, slamming the screen door. Trent kept the smirk from his face as their son stormed through the house and to his room. The silence was tense and Trent knew this wasn’t over. Then the explosion of emotions he was waiting on happened.
“It’s not fucking fair!” Danny said.
That was the cry he expected, and wasn’t at all surprised to see a storm across Josh’s face a moment later when he walked through the door. Trent didn’t have the time to open his mouth before Josh began.
“He’s yours. All yours. No one but one of your children would be so stupid.”
Trent waited for a few seconds to give Josh the time to rant if he needed it. When nothing else happened, Trent fought to wipe the smirk from his face and met Josh’s glare.
“I take it things didn’t go as well as you would’ve liked.”
Josh exploded again and paced the floor, his arms waving emphatically. “He’s an idiot.” Josh twisted toward Danny’s room and yelled. “Idiot!”
Trent had to look away for a moment to keep from laughing, and when he did look back at Josh he couldn’t wipe away the grin. “So what happen that he’s my kid now?”
“This whole rodeo thing was a terrible idea. It’s fucking dangerous!”
The humor left the situation for Trent with those words. “What happened? I thought it was a junior rodeo and was suppose to be safe.”
Josh paced across the floor, trying to pull himself together. Trent waited for Josh to calm himself enough to explain what had happened. He could imagine Josh’s fear turning into cold anger. But if he didn’t give Josh time to pull himself together the explosion of emotions would embroil the two of them and serve no real purpose. As he knew would happen, Josh began to slow his pacing until he came to a stop. He stood with only the sounds of his breathing filling the room and then turned to Trent.
“I thought he was going to get himself killed. The bull threw the kid ahead of him and he was knocked unconscious. The bull went crazy and was going to trample the kid. Danny jumped into the arena and distracted the bull while they got him out.”
Trent’s gut tensed as Josh’s words hammered into him. “Where were the bull fighters? Danny shouldn’t have been in there.”
“No shit! You think I don’t know that? That bull would have fucked him up if he’d caught our son. But he doesn’t seem to get that. The bull chased him over the fence. If it’d had horns, we’d be having this conversation at the emergency room.”
“It wasn’t that close. They were having trouble getting Jamie out. I couldn’t let them get hurt.”
Josh turned with a harsh look on his face. “What if you got hurt? What would we do then? You aren’t fucking superman you know.”
“No, if I was fucking superman I’d have to have the penis of steel.”
Both Trent and Josh stared at their son for a minute or so. Trent started laughing while Josh just shook his head.
“You could have been hurt, badly.”
“But I wasn’t, and that bull was a freak accident. Besides, I out ran it.”
“It pushed you over the top of the fence. I don’t really think I’d call that a winning foot race,” Josh said.
“He can catch the chickens.”
Everyone turned to see Samantha come into the room. Trent shook off the confusion first. “What are you talking about? He wasn’t chasing chickens at the rodeo.”
“No. That’s not what I was talking about. He can out run a chicken, so he can outrun a bull.”
They stared at her for several long seconds. “What in the hell are you talking about? That makes no sense. Chicken’s dodge, that’s what makes them hard to catch. We don’t even have any damn chickens,” Trent said.
Samantha grinned. “I was hoping you’d overlook that bit of my logic.”
Josh turned toward the bedroom shaking his head. “The whole damn family is slap ass crazy.”
“Does that mean I can keep riding bulls?”
Josh paused gripping the door knob and looked back. “Ask again when hell freezes over.”
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