~ Sunday, 1st day of summer ~
Isidro is seen flirting with Shavon Paulsen.
Vince gracefully ages into an elder.
Isidro begins dating Shavon Paulsen.
Christen passed away. Dina, Berjes & Adam mourn the loss of their mother.
Ahmad and Angelique are having relationship issues.
Elbert eases from YA into adulthood.
Lucia enters the world of YA.
Aja gracefully ages into an elder.
Ian transitions into a toddler.
After a night of tossing and turning, Van knows what he needs to do. He ties the belt on his robe, squares his shoulders and silently gives himself a pep talk on confidence as he makes his way to the room where Malinda has chosen to stay.
** knock knock **
“Malinda, are you awake? I think it’s time we had a talk.”
They awkwardly sit next to each other, neither sure of how to start the conversation that needs to happen. That must happen.
“Malinda, ** sigh**, I guess there is no easy way to ask. You don’t seem to want to spend time with our kids or me for that matter. I feel like you’d rather focus on your career instead of spending any time or energy on us. Is this true?”
“Van, you’ve got to understand, my career in the military is very important to me. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, ever since I was a little girl! There’s been talk of building a permanent space station to further explore the simverse and I plan to be in line when they put together their list of names.”
“Okay, you have a dream. I get that. But you also have a family and responsibilities here, I’m sure we could …”
“No. We can’t. YOU wanted a family, not me. My getting pregnant was an accident and if I could have done something to prevent or stop it, I would ha…”, Malinda stops upon seeing the look on Van’s face as she realizes what was just said.
“Van, I didn’t mean … I spoke out in frustration … I …”
“Enough! It’s obvious we want different things. I want a family to come home to and you want the freedom to move about. We’re making each other miserable and sooner or later, our kids will notice and think that it’s all their fault. It isn’t and I won’t let them go through that. I think we both need to accept that this simply isn’t working out. Divorce seems like our only option at this point.”
“Fine! I’ll pack my things and go but you need to remember that it was YOU who called an end to our family, not me.”
As Van helps Malinda carry her suitcases to the waiting taxi, both couldn’t help feeling sad and full of regrets. Regrets for what was said and what has been left unsaid.
Later over lunch, Van lets his mom know what’s going on.
“I feel like we’ve been tossed in the trash, but maybe I’m the one doing the tossing by not coming up with a compromise of some sort.”
Summer is quick to let him know that sometimes things don’t work out and no matter how much you want it to or try to make things work, the end result will still be the same. “Maybe in time the two of you can heal from the hurt and be able to be friendly in your dealings with one another so that your kids won’t feel awkward in having relationships with both of you.”
“Thanks, Mom.” Van smiles.
“Now the first thing we need to deal with is getting those two toilet trained.”