Tuesday Tales – Glass
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Hey everyone! It’s time for Tuesday Tales. Ok, I fibbed last time. This is our last week with Sloan and Abbey in Family Ties. They are still on the hunt to find their daughter Ame and her friend Dakota who were abducted by men working for the Butcher.
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The whiskey burned as it slid down Sloan’s throat. The sensation brought comfort. He slammed the shot glass down on the oak stained bar then motioned to the bartender for another.
Words swirled around his head. No matter how hard he tried he couldn’t make them go away. He could hear both Liam and Gordon forbid him from having a family. It was dangerous. They would be used for collateral. He could hear Abbey accuse him of this whole mess.
She didn’t need to. The moment he realized Ame was gone he blamed himself. He had every second since. “You were right, lads,” he mumbled to himself. “Getting married, falling in love. Huge mistake.”
“How many have you had?” a deep voice from behind chastised. Robert slumped onto the barstool beside him.
“Five,” Sloan said just before slamming another shot of whiskey. He set the glass in his hand on the bar beside the others. That’s six.”
“How is getting drunk going to rescue the kids?”
“Everything else we tried failed. Why not try this?” Sloan waved to the bartender for another.
Robert stood and stopped the man. “Ginger ale.”
“What the bloody hell are you doing?” Sloan demanded.
“Stopping you from making a huge mistake,” Robert answered simply. “What happened?”
Sloan exhaled slowly. “Abbey blamed me for Ame’s abduction. Gordon and Liam warned me about a family. I should have listened.”
“So you’re saying you wished you never met Abbey?”
Sloan sat in silence. “No. There is no life without her. Hearing her accuse me with such hate…” His words trailed off as he shook his head.
“We’ll find Ame, Sloan.” Robert looked at him, puzzled. “Where’s that photo you found in Prague?”
Sloan dug in his pocket and slapped it on the table. Robert picked it up to study it. After a few seconds he started laughing.
“What’s so funny?” Sloan questioned.
“I know why your wife came unglued.”
Sloan took a sip of the ginger ale. “Enlighten me.”
Robert flipped the picture around towards him. “It’s you and Heidi.”
“I know. I have no idea how the Butcher got that picture. I’m pretty sure that’s the only time we were within a hundred feet of each other in public. It was certainly the only time we were affectionate.”
“Right. You were affectionate. She saw a couple in love. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Abbey insecure and jealous. Did you see it tonight?”
A smirk graced Sloan’s lips. “Aye. I’m surprised I didn’t recognize that little demon when it struck.”
“Like I said, it’s been awhile. She’s upset over the abduction. But the idea of you happily in another woman’s arms? That’s really your issue.”
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