Getting out of the cab he stretched his tired muscles. The men were mostly dressed in classic black tie but the ladies wore a stunning array of styles and colors.
He’d worked out this morning with the gym equipment in the basement. Classic to avant garde was on parade and the onlookers were eating it up.
If she ever discovered they had manipulated him as Shirley had done then their relationship with him was over.
He knew that wasn’t normal but Grace never made him feel stupid or ashamed for his inability to understand. She understood him better than anyone and he loved her with every fibre of his being.
The truly incredible fact was that she loved him the same way.
They’d lived with her mother until Grace caught her sexually and emotionally abusing Ed.
After the confrontation, Shirley spitefully sold her house to move in with her boyfriend making them essentially homeless.
While they were both adults at the time they would have been on the streets had it not been for another woman in Ed’s life.
Rachel Thompson was the mother of one of Ed’s football teammates.
She lived alone in a large mansion since her ex-husband and his son had unsuccessfully tried to kill her to collect the insurance money.
She was lonely living alone in the big home and it was beginning to weigh heavily on her.
While she’d been a less than ideal replacement, her ten year old daughter Grace saved him from a life of misery and loneliness.