Gordy got the stare down when he showed up at Bella's parents. He wasn't so sure if bringing Serena was a good idea, after all. But when she asked to go, he couldn't say no. She really was handy, no pun intended, when it came to taking Jane places.
She could sooth her instantly by the tone of her voice. Jane loved her and their babble was actually turning into talk. He was amazed. It made him adore Serena more. And Serena always smelled of apple pie. He wasn't sure what she did, but the scent made him smile, and he wouldn't stop grinning when she was around.
Why did he feel so horrible now?
"I wasn't coming by for presents or anything, you know." He was apologizing. "I wanted to let you know I heard from Bella, and I think she wants you to call her." He'd written the number down from his cell and handed it to Bella's mother. "I think you should call her. She just didn't sound like herself. I hope she's all right, but she called during Jane's birthday party and, and I really didn't get to talk to her all that long. I know I should have called her back. I just never got around too it." Gordy wanted to shut up, but he couldn't. "I hope you can get a hold of her."
Her mother took the phone number as if he were a salesman, and he needed to go.
"How's Emily?" He asked, but about that time, he saw her spying on him from the stairway. "Hey, how are you?" He waved.
It was awful quiet then. Jane was hanging on to him as if she wanted to go.
"I'm surprised Bella called," Her mother then said rather coldly. "We haven't heard from her in weeks."
"She lost her phone." Gordy nodded.
"A likely story." Her dull voice made Gordy grip Jane more. He definitely didn't want Jane coming around more.
"How have you been?" Gordy stood there feeling more and more unwelcomed.
"You don't want to know." Her mother's face was grim. "I'm sorry I didn't make it to Jane's party. We've had our hands full with Emily. Now Harold has moved out." She pressed her lips together.
"I'm sorry." Gordy offered. "Maybe its-" He didn't know what to say about Bella and Emily's father.
He looked back at Emily who gave him a solemn look. She went back upstairs.
"Should I go and talk to Emily?" Gordy kept staring at the stairway.
"No, don't." Her Mom said. "She isn't talking to any of us."