Hi! It’s me! Lily!
I’ve been a little… ummm… worried, and had to talk to Liz. Honestly, the way her father acted scared me a little. The way she talked, it made it sound like he was in the Triad or something like that. I brought it up to Liz and she laughed.
“No,” she said, “my daddy doesn’t do anything illegal. But… he’s had to deal with enough people who do that… some of the ways they deal with people has rubbed off. Would he hurt Kevin? Well… maybe. I’m his daughter. But… he knows the right things to say to really intimidate people. And… the kinds of people he has to interact with sometimes, well… family is very important to them. Asking for favors from them is very, very dangerous. But… if you just so happen to mention that someone hurt your family to the right people, well… bad things can happen. He didn’t tell me what he said, but… I bet it was something close to that.”
I won’t lie. I was a bit relieved. People who are into… illegal stuff… are a little unpredictable, right?
I guess it’s good for Liz that he does know those people, though.
Kevin got permission from her father to apologize – very heavily supervised. She thought he was sincere, he said that his father taught him some things that weren’t very nice. He didn’t know he was wrong, he thought that was normal. She accepted his apology, but said she couldn’t trust him anymore, so he could take it as a lesson to take to his next girlfriend, but she was done. He understood, and while he was pretty sad (and so was she), he left without incident.
Liz told me after he left, she cried. It will take her a little while to trust again.
But I’m sure she will.