While sitting in traffic on the way home that afternoon, Bryce sifted through his memories of Owen, trying to figure out what his next move would be. Admittedly, the young man he’d known back in college was nothing like the jaded adult he’d become; however, Owen had always blamed everyone but himself for any slight, real or imagined. Accepting responsibility for his failures had never occurred to him. Those basic characteristic traits hadn’t changed over the years. His delusional sense of entitlement was the only catalyst he needed to justify his illicit behavior. Bryce was certain Owen wouldn’t quit until he won the next round. So far he was zero for two, and scores like that were unacceptable to a man who considered himself superior in every way.
For one fleeting moment, Bryce thought about keeping this new information from Seth, but the second he walked through the front door, he decided it would be foolish to even try. Seth could read him like a book and he knew something was wrong.
“What happened?” he asked after pecking Bryce on the cheek. “Bad day?”
Seth listened soberly while Bryce caught him up-to-date, paling with each new revelation. At the end, he was shaking and his breathing had turned erratic. Bryce gathered him close, and they clung together wordlessly. There really wasn’t much he could say to make the situation any better. Apparently he was wrong.
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