Still upset after her fight with Andrew, Selena walked all around the park aimlessly before walking home. Her dad’s car was parked in the driveway, and warm light spilled from the windows. Though it was chilly outside, Selena stood out and looked at the warm light pouring from the house and tried to imagine a few months back when the house didn’t feel empty when she came home to it. That was before her mom had died, back when things were still normal. A tear rolled down her cheek, and she angrily wiped it away with the back of her hand.
“If she’d never died, I probably never would have found You,” Selena said softly. “Can I use Your comfort again tonight, please?”
Selena stood outside for a few more minutes, then walked to the front door and opened it. As she walked in, she could hear soft music playing in the back of the house and her dad say something, followed by a woman’s laugh. Her heart slowly sinking to her feet, Selena quickly walked back into the kitchen, and watching in the dining room from the doorway. Her heart sank even further when she saw her dad dressed up with a woman sitting at the table next to him.
The woman laughed again, and lifted her wine glass to her lips. She saw Selena standing in the doorway, and then said something softly to Selena’s dad.
He looked up and smiled when he saw Selena. “Hi sweetheart! I was wondering when you’d be home. How was your day?”
Selena ignored his questions and stared at the woman in the red dress sitting in her mom’s chair at the table. “Who’s she?”
“This is Charlotte, she’s a friend from work,” her dad answered quickly. “Charlotte, this is my daughter, Selena.”
“It is very nice to finally meet you, Selena,” Charlotte said with a too-white smile behind too-red lips. “Shaine has told me all about you.”
“Really? He hasn’t told me anything about a raven-haired temptress who thinks she can come in here and try to replace my mom and steal my dad.”
“Selena Brookelle Adams, that is no way to talk to a guest!” Shaine said angrily. “I’m sorry, Charlotte.”
Charlotte smiled again, not taking her eyes off of Selena. “Tis alright, Shaine. I’m sure this is just a shock for the poor girl. After all, it has only been three months. She has not had time to completely adjust yet.”
Selena returned Charlotte’s stare with an icy glare. “I’m going to my room,” she said angrily. “I’ll come back out when she leaves!”
She turned and ran out of the room and up the stairs, tears blurring her vision. She stopped at the top of the stairs and leaned against the wall as she heard voices drift back up.
“She will be fine, won’t she?” Charlotte asked.
“She’ll get used to the idea. She just needs more time,” her dad replied.
Selena pressed her hand to her stomach as if that would help the giant hole in her stomach from opening wider and caving in again as she slid down the floor and cried.