“Oscar? My god I didn’t recognise you for a second!” Janet gasped.
Oscar pursed his lips, taken aback by his Mother’s alarmed expression.
“You look very different.” Janet added.
“Yes. You’ve lost a ridiculous amount of weight in such a short space of time!”
“When did you ever notice my weight Mum?”
Janet shrugged.“What on earth are you doing here anyway?”
“Mum I had to see you! I worry about you all the time, you ignore my phone calls and text messages. It’s not hard to write a quick line is it?”
“You shouldn’t bother, you can barely look after yourself by the looks of things Oscar!”
“Cheers.” Oscar sighed.
“I’m telling you straight! You’re not here alone are you?”
“No I’m not.” Oscar admitted. “Ava accompanied me.”
“Ava? Are you two an item?”
“As a matter of fact, yes.”
“Oh. Is that all the news?”
“We’ll see about that Oscar.” Janet eyed him suspiciously. “Well, are you going to introduce me to her?”
“Yeah of course Mum, when she’s awake.”
“Right. Oscar have you been ill recently?”
This is so unusual, Oscar thought. Since when did Mum ever show an interest in me?
“In all honesty yes, I have been a bit under the weather but I’m fine now.”
“I’ll just go and check on Ava .”
Janet nodded. Oscar felt a tiny sense of relief on returning to his bedroom. Ava sat up and smiled at him. “Hey.”
“Good Morning sleepy head! Ava, my Mum wants to meet you!”
“Good. I should probably get dressed and shower first!”
“Yeah that’s fine.”
“She went back into her room I think. Don’t worry.”
“I’ll be ready shortly.”
“Okay Ava. Mum doesn’t know your pregnant, what should we do?”
“You mean you want me to hide the evidence?”
“That’s not what I was insinuating.”
“It sounded like it to me!”
“No. What I meant is we should let her know more gently, I have no idea how she’ll react.”
“She was my age when she had you wasn’t she?”
“Mum was slightly younger.”
“Well then, Janet can’t comment then can she?”
“I don’t know. How long are you going to be?”
“I’ve already said that I want a shower Oscar! Give me 15 minutes will you!”
“Sorry, I’m just nervous that’s all.”
“I know you are Oscar, you’re going to be just fine.”
At last much to Oscar’s relief, Ava emerged from the bathroom fully dressed. Hand in hand they crept down the staircase into the kitchen. Oscar eyed the recycling box in the corner. It was bottle free. ‘Thank God!’ he thought. Not taking any chances he stepped on the bin foot pedal, staring inside. There was no trace.
“Oscar what on earth are you doing?”
“Checking for bottles!”
“Sorry, lets go into the living room, I imagine Mum is in there.”
Indeed Janet was. She sat curled up in the corner of the sofa, slowly sipping her cup of tea.
“You’re pregnant aren’t you Ava?”
“Yes shit indeed Oscar! What were you thinking! What on earth are both of you playing at?! Do you think that it’s going to be easy looking after a child? Oscar I meant it when I said that you looked dreadful, what’s wrong with you?”
“There is nothing the matter with me Mum!”
“Ava what’s wrong with Oscar?”
“You two really need to talk!” Ava announced in desperation. ” Maybe I should leave you in peace for an hour or two? I have some uni work that I could do.”
“Oscar have you been eating properly?”
“No he hasn’t Janet! I am really worried about him, it is understandable to some extent but Oscar you really are too skinny!”
Oscar gasped. “Enough Ava! How many times have we been through this, what I eat is my business. Don’t come to my house and then stir trouble.”
“I came here to help you!”
“Keep quiet then.”
“Okay, sorry. You know what, I really will do that assignment.” Ava turned upon her heels, escaping to Oscar’s bedroom.
Janet glared at Oscar. “She’s a feisty one isn’t she? Good choice there.”
“Mum she’s just-“
“She just cares that’s all.”
“Right. Why did you really come home Oscar? To lecture me about my drinking? Yes I saw you looking in the cupboards earlier, checking up on me.”
“Yes, well. I can look after myself thank you very much!”
“In the past you couldn’t.”
“People change Oscar! I’ve been through enough without having you back here.”
“What on earth is that supposed to mean?”
“I think we’ve done enough talking for now. You’ve come back to check up on me and to reassure yourself that I’m still alive. You can see that I am, so you might as well go home!”
To be continued….