Jeremy took a bite out of his bread, finding this entire situation to be humorous as he watched this all unravel.
“Jaxon, maybe next time you should watch what you say or else none of this would have happened.” I sighed, turning to look at Justin. “Andyou,” I scoffed. “Need to quit being so annoying.”
“Annoying?” Justin questioned in a hiss.
“Yes, annoying.” I licked my lips. “We came here to have a good time not fight every five seconds.”
“Well, last time I checked this is my family, not yours. I could do whatever the hell I want and say whatever the fuck I want.” Justin sneered lowly, his voice sending a trail of shivers down my spine.
Everyone grew silent as I stared at Justin in shock to what he had just said. Not being able to believe he had the decency to be so nasty to me in front of his family once again, I pursed my lips. “And if it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t be sitting with your family right now.” I snapped, giving him a look of complete disbelief before pushing the chair I sat on back and standing up. “Could you please excuse me?” I asked even though I never gave anyone the chance to answer because I walked off anyways.
“Kelsey--” Pattie tried to call out for me but I disappeared out of the room and down the hallway, exiting through the front door, wanting to get a breath of air and clam myself down before I did something stupid.
It’s one thing to snap angrily at me when no one’s around but it’s another to do it in front of people. It’s exceptionally embarrassing for me because I look like an idiot meanwhile he was the jackass to put me in that position.
Taking a deep breath, I let the cold air whisk through me, a series of goosebumps rising on my skin as it did so.
The faint sound of the front door opening and closing was heard and I immediately stiffened, knowing who it was. “Justin, I’m not in the mood--”
“It’s not Justin.”
I snapped my head around to see Jeremy standing a few feet away from me, his hands in the pockets of his jeans.
“Oh,” I mumbled. “Sorry.” I shot him a small smile, wanting to reassure him that I was in no way angry with anyone else other than Justin.
“There’s no need to apologize.” He smiled. “I see why you don’t want to talk to my son and it’s understandable. If I were in your position, I wouldn’t want to talk to him either.” He shrugged, staring ahead at the bright sun beaming down on all of us.
I shuffled on my feet, not really knowing what to say or do at this point. “I apologize for just leaving the table like that. It was disrespectful of me--”
Jeremy put a hand up to silence me, his head shaking. “Like I said before, you have nothing to apologize for. Justin was way out of line with what he said.”
I pressed my lips together in a firm line, wanting to hear what he had to say.
“He gets it from me, you know.”
I furrowed my eyebrows questioningly, wanting him to elaborate.
“The short temper.”
My eyes widened a bit in realization as I let out a soft “oh”, looking away with a nod of my head, signifying towards him that I knew what he meant.
“He means well, even though it probably doesn’t seem like it. He just has the tendency to not think before he speaks.” Jeremy chuckled, scratching the front of his booted foot on the ground.