Danny had to admit the invitation to spend the weekend alone with his wife had definitely come out of left field, he had not seen it coming at all. There was good chance Tracey had planned it that way, left it until the last possible minute so there was less chances of getting a negative answer, it’s exactly what he would have done in the hope of getting the same reaction.
The request put him in an awkward position firstly he had to give Tracey an answer before he left for work because failure to do so would do little more than upset her, secondly the answer really had to be a yes. Tracey knew Danny had no commitments for the weekend, even if Danny hadn’t confirmed it he suspected she already knew it, and to decline her invitation would simply give her ammunition to argue that he wasn’t really trying to fix their marriage. Saying no would also mean that their weekend at home would be less than pleasant as Tracey spent the weekend resenting him for his answer.
The biggest problem for Danny was he wanted to spend at least some of the weekend talking to Tracey, finding out the truth about her disappearance. Whereas Tracey’s idea for the weekend was for them to go away as a couple and work at getting closer to each other again, something Danny could only see happening if Tracey came clean.
While Danny stood in the bathroom brushing his teeth he knew his answer had to be yes, there was no other option for it unless something desperate came up at work, which was as unlikely as the weekend being spoiled by a snow storm. Putting his toothbrush back in the en-suite cabinet Danny decided on his answer.
He walked into the kitchen, Tracey was still sitting at the table with an annoyed look on her face. “I’m sorry. I just thought a weekend away would be nice for us, especially since it’s unlikely to happen again for a while.”
“Don’t be sorry.” Danny said politely thinking he actually meant it. “I just had a few things on my mind. I didn’t say no, I just didn’t answer and that was rude of me.”
“But you’re going to say no.” Tracey said, her annoyance had quickly turned to sadness.
“I never said that.”
“So you’re going to say yes?” her eyes brightened up and she nearly formed a smile.
“Yes, I’m going to say yes.”
Tracey almost instantly started to beam and smile with pleasure. “Oh baby, I’m so pleased, so grateful. Thank you!”
“Ok that’s enough. But if something comes up today for work it can’t be helped and we’ll have to cancel.”
“Yes Babe, I understand! I’ll book it for tonight and tomorrow night!” Tracey said getting more excited by the minute.
“Just as long as we can cancel if something comes up.” Danny replied as he grabbed his keys, wallet and mobile phone.
“Sure Babe!” Tracey said as she got up from the table and stepped towards Danny and gave him a kiss on the cheek, it would have been on the lips had Danny not turned his head.
“Hey buddy, hows things? I hear that stupid reporter got her own shit fed back to her yesterday,” Rick said to Danny stepped into Rick’s make shift office out in the workshop with two coffees in his hand.
Danny handed one coffee to Rick and sat down with the other one. “Yeah what a bitch. It’s one thing to go around threatening to sue people because your feelings get a little hurt but it takes a certain type of person to sue people based on actions in their own imagination.”
Danny and Rick spoke and sipped their coffee, most of the conversation revolved around work, the car and the new suspension system that Rick’s father was now promising the company would have ready for them to use before the fifth round. It wasn’t until the topic of the weekend, which was bought up by Rick, arose that Danny suddenly wanted to remain silent.
“What’s up mate?” Rick asked.
“Tracey’s booking us a weekend down at Mason’s Point.” Danny replied.
“For this weekend?”
“That’s a bit soon isn’t it?”
“Well you could make up some work excuse for not going couldn’t you?” Rick asked.
“I’ve told her something could come up but she knows that’s unlikely, but then there’s….” Danny trailed off into silence without finishing his sentence.
“Then there is what?” Rick asked as he placed his empty coffee cup on the table that multi-tasked as his desk but Danny remained silent. “It’s ok mate, you don’t have to tell me if you don’t want to.”
Danny looked up, “You know that’s not the case mate.” Rick nodded. “It’s just that I really do want to go down to Mason’s Point with her. I want to give her the chance to talk to me and I really don’t think that’s going to happen at home.”
“But you’re also not convinced it’s going to happen away from home?”
“Yeah. If she thinks the weekend away is some kind of rekindling where is the incentive for her to tell me what I want to know? In her mind we must have already sorted that out.”
“But you already know the truth.”
Rick was of course talking about knowing what it was Danny had shared with him, the fact that he’d hired a Private Eye, not the part that Danny was still keeping a secret from everyone.
“Yeah,” Danny agreed so as not to admit the lie. “But I want the truth from her. Is that too much to ask?”
“Mate,” Rick said the word purely as a stop gap to waste a few seconds for his brain to catch up and offer the right words, or at least the words that Danny wasn’t going to be to upset by. “I don’t think it’s too much to ask, but it’s not me that you have to convince.”
“Yeah, aint that the truth!”
“So what are you going to do?”
“I dunno, I really want to work out what’s going on. I even think I want to make this work, but I’m not going to do it all by myself.”
“So you don’t want me to ring up when you get home tonight and make up some excuse that means you have to stay here all weekend?” Rick asked.
“Nah I do want to go. Besides, Tracey probably knows your schedule too and she’s know it’s a bullshit story!”
Both men laughed, it didn’t make Danny feel any better about his weekend ahead but he knew he was going to at least try and make it work.
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