48 - A Phone Call

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"Can you come over?" 

Liz sat in the darkness of the kitchen, her features thrown into sharp relief by the glow of the phone screen held to her ear. She had not bothered to turn on the light. There was little reason to keep the lights on when she was the only person in the house. 

"Liz? What the hell?" Kyle sounded confused rather than angry. There was a hint of something that might have been fear in his voice. "What's wrong?"

"Nothing's wrong," she said calmly, and then hesitated. The next words came easily to her, like they were coming from some other place, rising up out of her throat like her body had been turned into an amplifier for someone else's voice. "Nat left me. I don't think she's coming back. I just...I need to see you, Kyle. We need to talk." 

"It's late...Liam's already in bed..." 

"Bring him, please." She noticed a lilt of pleading enter her voice, recognized it almost as a distant observation. "I need to see my son. And I need to see you. I need...I just need someone, please." 

"Have you been drinking?" He asked dubiously. 

"I'm just lonely, Kyle. Please. I know things got...real fucked up between us. But if there was ever anything real..." she heard her voice crack. It sounded very convincing. "I just need my family right now. Please." 

"Okay." Kyle hesitated, then sighed into the phone. "We'll be right there. Just. This better not be some kind of bullshit, all right?" 

He'd always been the first to fold when they argued. He was  a big man, but he was a pushover. He'd let his wife cuckold him with a younger woman and he'd barely put up a fight. 

He wasn't strong enough to keep the family safe. He didn't know what it meant to protect what was his. That was why Liz needed to step up and do what needed to be done. Kyle wasn't going to be worth half a damn when the chips were down, and Nat was a lost cause. 

Cowards, the lot of them. 

Liz disconnected the call and stared at the phone for a long time afterward, long enough that the light went dim, throwing the room into total darkness. She had done well. She was pleased. Now she only needed to wait a little while longer. 

She stood and padded down the hall, turning lights on as she went. It was time to get ready. 

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