Glenn slapped a manila file down on her dining room table. John looked at her. It was 9 am on a school day so they were sure they had privacy.
“Look at it,” she gestured, sitting down.
He hesitated, “You tell me what’s in there, first”.
“He’s 32, same age as Grace---”
“Then why didn’t he come on to her instead?” John griped, “Gracie can handle anyone. She’d have made mincemeat of him, even when she was 16.”
“I repeat; he’s 32. Comes from a good family, he has no criminal record. Only time he got in trouble was in high school when he skipped school with a friend. It was a Friday and they took off for the mountains. Came back in one piece; no problem. Good grades, everything seemed to be going great until he was in a car accident when he was 19. No, he was not under the influence, the other driver was. But his girlfriend died in the crash and he seems to have gone off track then. He quit school and left town. It’s only in the last year or so that he came back to Pleasantview. He’s a musician, but he’s working in the insurance business now. He lives with his twin sister currently. As for the thing with Lori in my opinion you have blown it out of proportion. He ran into her at that club, danced with her and that’s it. He has no history of hitting on underage girls.”
“Until now,” John frowned.
“You don’t know that he was coming on to her at all, you merely assume it. Did she say he was? What you told me was that she said he danced with her. You said yourself Lori tends to embroider reality, anyway. “
John said nothing. When he thought it over he realized he was beginning to get over his initial fury with Brian Ottomas. They had heard nothing more of him from Lori. Perhaps it was best to let sleeping dogs lie since he had no proof of anything. The Ferguson boy, Harvey, had been over to the house a couple times recently and it looked as though Lori might be interested in him. He was the same age as her and John and Melora knew his parents well. At least there was a good chance she was already forgetting about Brian. Glenn waited quietly, there was no hurrying John.
“You’re sure that’s all there is?” John he finally spoke.
“All that I could find, but I’ll stay on it if you want. You have to realize I didn’t exactly follow him around since there were no indications of a problem. I think it’s a waste of time to continue, but I don’t mind, I’ve got plenty of that.”
John mulled it over, raking his hand through his hair.
“No, I guess you can drop it now. As long as he never comes around her again I’m satisfied. Let me know what I owe you.”
“You owe me nothing; you’re my best friend, remember?”
“I remember,” he finally smiled, “As far as I’m concerned; you’re not a friend, Slats, you’re my family.”
“Well, since you put it that way; how about a friendly game of pool with your sister?” Glenn challenged him, grinning.
“Okay, but just one. I need to get back and work on my computer, that thing blows a gasket every so often. Every time Melora hires the repairman, he manages to electrocute himself and I still have to fix it myself. Time to buy a new one, I guess.”
“A new repairman or a new computer?”
“Oh, aren’t you a riot?”
“I just hope you can afford it, John,” she laughed as they went upstairs.