Janet glared at Oscar’s pale form lying upon the settee.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to lounge. I’ll get up now.” Oscar smiled feebly, raising himself up on one elbow.
Ava grasped his shoulder firmly, pressing him back against the sofa. “You’ll do absolutely nothing of the sort.” She hissed. “Don’t even move.”
Oscar calmly obeyed closing his eyes. Janet’s harsh expression softened.
“Do you think it’s a virus?”
“I haven’t been sleeping well Mum.”
“Go to the doctors when you get back to Chester. Get an appointment for tomorrow or Tuesday.”
“It’s nothing, really.”
Ava shook her head. “For all we know it could be something infectious! You haven’t been right for weeks! What would happen if I got it and then it harmed the fetus? Stop being selfish!”
“I didn’t think of that. I don’t think it’s anything contagious. If it was, you would have caught it by now.”
“Maybe. Do you have a phobia of going to the doctors?”
“No Ava! I just don’t want people to assume that I’m wasting their time. It’s nothing. You’ll see!”
“I hope so but you’re still going!”
“Yes I know!”
“Good! Don’t back out on me.”
“I’m not going to Ava. Are you ready to talk now Mum?”
“Tell me everything. Start at the beginning.”
Oscar glanced over at Ava. “Ava could you leave us for a while please?”
Ava pursed her lips. “Sure.”
“Thanks.” Oscar waited until the door was firmly closed behind her.
“Okay, at the start there was three of us. Ava, myself and another guy called Sebastian. He was my best friend Mum. Anyway, let’s just say that his behaviour, which was already bizarre, took a turn for the worst. Alcohol made him so violent, just like Dad. We went on a night out, he was really drunk. We had an argument in the pub, Ava and I left and he followed us. He punched me, knocked me out in fact.”
“Yes I was lucky that time, but the second time was different.”
“You let it happen again?!”
“Sebastian broke in, neither of us were expecting anything like that to happen! I struck my head and ended up with concussion, it was more serious than we originally thought. Ava drove me to A&E.”
“I’m presuming you went to the police.”
“What? What were you thinking! Have you seen anything of him since? Does Sebastian still live with you?”
“No Mum, we haven’t seen him for a few months now.”
“He went home?”
“What have you two done about this? Oh God! Please don’t tell me that you’ve done nothing and just carried on as usual! You have haven’t you! Oscar what the hell were you thinking? You have a pregnant girlfriend! Honestly you’re both out of your minds!”
“I don’t even know what to say! This has really opened my eyes!”
“Mum how on earth was I even expected to speak to you properly before? You were constantly drunk, so don’t you dare claim that we’re irresponsible!”
“Oscar those words didn’t even escape my lips.”
“That’s what you implied. I came here to patch things up with you Mum and try to make amends in attempt’s clear my fucked up head! It’s clearly not working! “
“No you’re right Oscar, it’s not. You always did have an over active imagination.”
“You think I’ve made all of this up! Are you being serious?”
“I wouldn’t put it past you.”
To be continued…….