Cora arrived first and got seated. Ian has just arrived.
Ian: Hello, Cora. I apologize for being late.
Cora: You're not. I just arrived a little early. I wanted to be certain we would not have to wait to be seated. Please, join me.
Ian takes off his coat, places it on the back of his chair and sits down.
Ian: Thank you. You still look lovely as well.
Cora: I know you will be leaving to return home soon. I, myself, will have to catch a plane and head back. You're so fortunate to live closer and be able to drive only a couple of hours to see Avery and Parker.
Ian: Well, we've been living in this area for a long time. You know that. No need to move far from my family.
Cora: Yes, well, I could take a page from your book.
Ian: I suppose.
The server arrives and interrupts to take their order. Cora orders espresso and Ian orders whiskey on the rocks. The server leaves and says he'll be right back with their drinks.
Ian: I have a feeling the whiskey will be what I need. Cora, you are stalling. I agreed to meet with you so you could say what you have to say. It would be helpful if we could move past the small talk and on to why we are here. Please say what is on your mind.
Cora: I apologize. I don't mean to belabor this conversation. I am very grateful you came, so I don't want you to feel like you're wasting your time.
The server returns with the drinks and sets them on the table. Although she doesn't have any sugar or cream for her espresso, Cora picks up the spoon and starts stirring it.
Ian: Do you, really? Cora, it's one thing to have decided you didn't want to be married to me any longer. It's unfortunate, but it happens sometimes. But you left your children behind and chose to act like they didn't exist. I raised them...alone. You wanted nothing to do with them. You tossed them aside and didn't look back. How do you think that makes a child feel?
Cora: Perhaps not, but that's how I felt.
Ian: We were married for almost eight years. Are you telling me you suffered for eight years? Never mind, it doesn't matter. It's just excuses. You have excuses for everything, Cora. You were too young, didn't know what you were getting yourself into, didn't realize you'd hurt anyone. At what point were you going to be old enough or unselfish enough?
Ian: Did you?
Cora: Yes. I know it took a long time for me to get things together, but I'm here now and I want to have a relationship with my children. I want to know my grandchildren.
Ian (laughing): Seriously. Cora. I don't know if you even believe what you say. You want to know your grandchildren? Your only grand child doesn't even know you. You came when she was born and haven't seen her since. She's three now and you wonder why she treats you like a stranger. You haven't changed. You're not trying to do better. You're just acting out of your own convenience and then acting shocked at the consequences.
Cora: I didn't come to rehash all of this stuff from the past. I just came to ask for your help in being able to explain to Parker. I can do better at fixing things with him and Avery. I just need some help. I know he'll listen to you.
Ian: Parker is a grown man. Although I have raised him to be respectful, I didn't raise him to be walked on, Cora. I can't control his feelings. You showed him you didn't want to love him or be a part of his life and now that you think it's convenient for you, you want him to let you in. Hell, I'm surprised Avery even bothers to speak to you. If you keep acting like you do, acting like everyone is on your schedule, you may lose that too.
Cora: Ian, I just need a chance.
Ian: Well, good luck getting it. I can't help you. I have to excuse myself now. I didn't come here to raise my blood pressure.
Ian stands up, picks up his glass and gulps down his drink. Then he reaches for his coat.
Cora: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to start an argument.
Ian: I'm not arguing at all. I simply refuse to engage in this useless conversation any longer. I hope you have a safe trip home. Goodbye.
Cora (hesitating): Goodbye, Ian.
Ian puts on his coat and turns to walk away.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye