Jeremy blew out the cigarette smoke while staring at
the full moon reflecting on the sea, from the balcony of his beach house.
He was leaning against the doorway with a glass of
scotch in one hand, wearing yet another black suit and bow tie for yet another
important event, only this time, he’d be the host. He was simply enjoying the
solitude and silence before the arrival of his guests at one of the many places
he called home. Taking one last drag,
he threw the cigarette butt in the glass.
“You promised mom you’d
quit”, a male voice
Jeremy raised his eyebrows and turned his head towards
the living room to see his youngest son, Sebastian, walking in, and it
immediately put a smile on his face.
“I said I’d try”, he sang while walking towards the piano to leave the glass
on the lid, “And I did for two days but I
became quite… intolerable”.
Sebastian joined his father in the middle of the room,
returning his mischievous smile before Jeremy pulled him into a tight embrace
while letting out a chuckle.
“My son”, Jeremy said before pulling away but still grabbing
his arms and staring straight into his eyes, “let me look at you. How long has it been?”
Jeremy walked towards the serving cart, and Sebastian
frowned at the empty glass on the piano lid before picking it up to see a ring
stain on the piano lid.