They had some explaining to do when the kids came home that weekend.
When Hulsu saw his father limping around in a cast he demanded to know what had happened, and Katie asked all kinds of questions about the rash on her daughter’s face. They’d come up with a lame story about Sam’s cane being stolen by a dog and him being tripped into a patch of poison ivy, accidentally knocking into Sammi on his way down. Sammi had covered the burns on her wrists with these black stretchy things with some band’s logo on them.
Dean was fairly sure that Katie and Hulsu, at least, didn’t believe a word of it, but they probably suspected that they’d been playing one of the many ‘games’ that Katie had banned. He shook his head – Hulsu he understood, with Sam for a father the boy was bound to be a little…square, but Katie? His own daughter; too straight-laced to have any fun. Dean snorted – at least Jack took after him, driving a sweet car and running the garage, even if he had settled down really young rather than...sampling a little.
Jack seemed to be too busy being impressed by the twins’ efforts in organizing the Saturday night barbeque to be suspicious of anything much. They’d even sent out invitations, not just to the family, but to friends like John Green, Sally and crazy Britney “Earthfriend” from McAllisters. Admittedly, now that everyone was here and the first batch of meat had been flame grilled, the twins were chasing a Frisbee up and down the backyard with some of their friends, leaving Molly’s brother Eddie to man the grill.
Dean took a long swallow of beer and sat back in his lawn chair, propping his feet up on the drinks cooler. Sam was laughing over something with Hulsu, his head thrown back. Dean smiled; this was the life - a lawn to mow and a family to enjoy it with.
Sammi shouted over to him. “Grandpa! I’ve saved some cheesecake for you, but Uncle Hulsu’s trying to eat it!”
“With caramel sauce?”
“Wouldn’t be Grandma Molly’s recipe without the caramel sauce.”
“You’ve got a point there.” He grinned as he stood up and walked towards his family.