As Tony let himself into his office at Infierno he couldn’t help but smile. His life was in upheaval and he was smiling. Some may call him foolish but they didn’t see what he saw this morning. The fire he saw in Marah’s eyes.
Yes over the past week he had stooped to new levels to get a reaction out of his wife but like she said this morning, he was playing fire with fire. He may have agreed to her separation idea but he wasn’t going to make it easy. And he wasn’t above using their visceral reaction to each other to get Marah to see reason. Still smiling he sat behind his desk and starting going over last night’s reports Rafael had left on his desk.
“Hope that smile means last night’s sales were good,” Danny entered the office and sat in one of the visitor’s chairs, “Either that or you managed to mend things with Marah.”
Tony glanced up from the reports, “No she’s still insisting we need a time out.” He flipped the paged in his hand to the last one and peered over the tallies, “But we are firmly in the black. No worries primo.”
Danny and Tony sat in silence for a few moments before Danny couldn’t hold it in anymore, “Okay what is going on with you?”
Tony put the papers down and lifted an eyebrow in question, “What do you mean?”
Danny gestured with his hand, “Look at you. Smiling. I would expect this situation to bring out the morose brooding Tony, not have you smiling like the cat that got the canary.”
“I didn’t know smiling was a crime Danny.”
“Shut up smartass.” Danny laughed but continued with his point, “Your wife moves out of your bed, abet across the hall, and you sit here smiling. If Michelle and I were in that situation I would be pulling my hair out.”
“You think I don’t?” Tony laughed bitterly, “Danny I lay awake and night thinking to myself that not 12 feet away is the one thing I’ve wanted most in my life. And it kills me.”
“So what is with the smile?” Danny was truly perplexed.
“Because I can hear her. Tossing and turning at night. And I know that this separation is just as hard on her as it is for me.” Tony paused before continuing, “I would bend over backwards to give Marah what she wanted. And according to her she doesn’t think I see her as an equal partner in our marriage. I am simply showing her that I do.” Tony snapped his fingers, “Which reminds me. I have to call Josh and get a new pool scheduled.”
“Not sure what I said that reminded you of that, or why you need a new pool anyway?”
Tony paused in dialing and looked at his cousin, “Since there was a dead man floating in the one we had now.”
Danny shook his head before standing, “Only in Springfield.”
Richard went over the latest tests in the chart and shook his head, “Not good Carmen. Your brain activity is looking good, in fact I don’t know why you are still in a comatose state. But your EKG isn’t looking too good for you.” He looked at the woman lying still on the bed and tsked, “Must be the result of a lifetime of disuse.”
Putting the chart back on the bed he leaned over and spoke in Carmen’s ear, “I hate to tell you like this Carmen but I overheard some nurses this morning and it looks like your precious Danny knocked up his wife again. You never could keep them apart could you Carmen? Just another area you failed.” He patted his shoulder, “A bond between a mother and her son is precious isn’t it Carmen? Such as ours will be once you open your eyes.”
Richard walked towards the window and looked out, “You see Carmen I have waited my whole life for these moments. You know growing up I had everything I wanted. Raised by two parents that doted on me, given the best education money could buy. A life of privilege. But I just never felt like I fit in. Like there was a piece missing.” He turned back towards Carmen and smiled, “Imagine my surprise when I found my birth certificate and realized that I was adopted.”
He could still remember the day he found out, like it was yesterday. The range of feelings he had, from disbelief and anger to the sweet relief he felt at knowing the truth. At how the answers he had been searching for fell into place. “Strange how one little piece of paper can answer so much. Like why I didn’t belong. My whole life has led me here Carmen.” He leaned over her still form again, “Yes the bond between mother and son is precious. Isn’t it mom?”