Wayne had been bombarded with questions from Annie, until he had to stop her and sit her down. He went through all he knew, that Laura hadn’t been since last Tuesday, when she had finished work she had gone and met up with her best friend Katie. Wayne had spoken to Katie and she was very upset and concerned, Laura had been okay though she had spent the whole time complaining about her Dad and how bad tempered he had become. Katie had dropped Laura of around 9pm, and that was the last time she had seen her or had any contact with her. She had phoned the house a few times, until she had got hold of Simon, who had told her she had gone away for a few days, she couldn’t get any answer on her mobile or email. Katie had got suspicious as they spoke everyday via text, phone or meeting up for coffee or a night out, and she had heard nothing. He had gone to the bank to see his dad to be told that he had booked a week off of work. Going back to the house he had checked his Dads room but nothing was gone, he hadn’t been able to find anything of interest at all. The kettle was warm so someone had been there that morning. Wayne looked at his mother, ‘I shouldn’t have moved out and left her with him’ he looked as if he was about to cry, ‘I feel so guilty I should have looked after her’ putting his head in his hands he looked so dejected, shaking her head Annie placed her hands over his and lifted his face to hers ‘you have nothing to feel guilty about, we had no idea your dad was going to turn and hit me, if anyone should feel guilty it is me, I should have stayed at home’ Sue found them huddled together and the sight made her sad and at the same time very angry that they had to feel this way, as long as she lived she would never understand how people can hurt other people.
Feeling better after their fish and chips the three sat down and started to discuss what their best course of action was going to be. Annie had decided she needed to go home and sort it out from that end; Wayne voiced his concern along with Sue at that idea. Annie had decided that it was best not to tell Wayne about the lottery win as this could cause problems, the less he knew the better for all of them. In the end they decided to tell him that she had the chance of renting the property from Sue. Wayne hadn’t questioned and that was a relief to Sue and Annie, who hated lying to her son, but knew if would only take a slip and Simon would be on it like a rash, and there was no way he was getting hold of that money, that was going to make sure that she could support herself and her children. She would worry about the legal side at a later date. Sue left them to have time together and headed home, her mind churning over the information hoping an answer would jump out of her.
After Sue had left, Wayne and Annie sat and went over everything again, in the end they agreed the only way was for Annie to come home at the end of her time at Combe Martin so as not to get Simon suspicious. Wayne would return home tomorrow and would pop round to see his dad, and would start dropping in regular so as Simon wouldn’t find it strange. They had all agreed that Laura’s disappearance was down to Simon, it was just a case of discovering what he had done and where he had her, they had considered going to the police, and after a lot of thought decided this might push Simon over the edge, especially after the police involvement at the hospital with Annie.
Simon had returned home late evening, he was tired and irritable as he opened the door to the house. At least he had eaten, he had dropped off at a Toby Inn on his way home, dropping his car keys on the telephone table in the hall he wandered into the front room and switched on the television. Grabbing a beer from the fridge he sat down, the news was on, babbling away about Syria, his mind drifted to his day, he had sorted a lot out and felt quite happy with the outcome. Four days left and Annie will be back where she should be, and things are going to change, it will only be the two of them, now Wayne had moved out, and Laura, well Laura was out of the way, he sniggered to himself, yes he would show his family who was boss.