Jane’s father kept on apologizing for bringing her mother with him. He could see how uncomfortable Jane felt and how disappointed she was. He went on about the importance of family and that what you see is not always what you get. He added that sometimes in life, compromises have to be made, even if we end up doing things that are against our wishes.
It was complicated, and it was confusing. However, she knew her father was right. She had no option but to embrace the fact that her mother was now in her house. Tom easily felt the tension in the air and did everything he could to try and make the atmosphere a little more pleasant.
What Was She Thinking?
Jane's friends couldn't stop asking themselves, what was she thinking, bringing home a homeless man? Things got even more complicated when they realized she was not just trying to help someone; she was actually in a romantic relationship with him. There was much more to Jane's story than anyone ever expected, and things were going to become very interesting.
For now, Janes's friends were making fun of her behind her back, unaware that there was a big secret she was hiding. Jane was about to rock her friend's world upside down, and what was about to happen, no one could see coming.
He Was Not Alone
The following day, Jane's father arrived at Jane's house. Jane was so happy to see him and was relieved that soon she would be sharing her big secret with him. Jane's father wasn't alone. Her mother stood there by him. Jane wasn't sure if her father wanted her to come or if she (unsurprisingly) insisted on coming.
Unwillingly, Jane let them both in. She wasn't happy at all that her mother decided to come along too, however, there was not much she could do about it. Janes's father didn't look too enthusiastic about his chaperone either. “I’m sorry, she wouldn’t let me go alone,” he said.
Going Down Memory Lane
Jane sat near her father and reminded him of her childhood days, of the time he built her a treehouse, and the time he took her trick or treating her. They both smiled and laughed and for a moment, it felt as if things were lighting up and becoming more manageable and comfortable.
It was a warm reminder of the good old days when they were all a small, happy family. Tom felt it was a good opportunity to share some stories from his younger days. He went on about his school years and the travels he did in the good old days.
He Traveled the World
He went on about the times when he found himself with three friends, one bowl of rice, and not a penny to his name. They learned how to go without, however, they were happy and grateful for what they had. He was backpacking around Europe, discovering new countries and discovering new people.
Jane's mother interrupted his story and felt an urge to throw in a remark. She couldn't keep her thoughts to herself and said, "Backpacking across Europe? Sounds like a convenient fairy tale." Tom insisted they just spilled out the truth as Jane's mother's behavior just proved that she still found it very hard to accept him.