Sure, Riley's wife Bev loved Skyler. Actually, she couldn't get enough of the baby. She practically took over the babysitting. Which Gage knew Sage was not fond of. But she'd been reluctant because there were things she needed to do even if her workload had been light, lately.
But they didn't really know Bev, and Gage kept having nightmares that he'd wake up and Riley and Bev would be gone with the baby.
He couldn't help but feel a little put off with a brother who was a total stranger to him. Yet Riley made himself at home. Still Manny wasn't exactly that happy to see him, either.
"Well, is he sketchy or what?" Gage wanted to know when he got Manny alone. All he got was a shrug out of his little brother.
"I hadn't seen him in a while, that's all." Manny sighed.
"OK, so how did he end up with Bev?" Gage couldn't help but ask. He kept picturing his older brother on the run with her, as if they might be bank robbers or something. Although, Bev did show Sage how to make quick salad dressings out of mayo and ketchup.
"She..she was with Dad..first." Manny was tight lipped.
"Dad?" Gage squinted hard in disbelief. He shook his head. "Why didn't any of you tell me, anything?"
"I'd..I really wanted to forget about it, you know." Manny looked soured with disgust. It was as if she might have been their step-mother..but then wasn't.
"OK." Gage guessed he could let it go. "I wish he'd tell me if they were moving back or something." Gage sighed. Frankly, he just wanted his house back. Perhaps, it was selfish, but did he really want his older brother living with him?