- 02 Jun 2018, 15:22
Ana nodded to him, making sure he knew he had her full attention. When he'd stopped, she spoke gently in return.
"You said girl, right? I'm guessing she's a chunk younger?" She lifted a brow. "Now, I personally think age difference isn't a reason not to date someone...unless it break laws which I highly doubt it did. But I guess..."
She paused, trying to frame her words kindly.
"In harsh moments like these, people really show their experience in dealing with tough matters, or lack of experience. Andi will be the same. As sweet and mild-mannered he is, he didn't talk a lot about his emotions because he was trying to be mature. Maybe this woman was doing the same. It isn't a bad thing...but I think experience does help to teach us that hiding everything isn't helpful or the answer. We have to pick our battles, and clearly, she picked a battle too severe for the situation."
Ironic that she was talking about picking battles with her thoughts about her situation with Levi right now.
"But that doesn't make her a bad person. Nor does it make her right. A tongue-lashing is just that...and sometimes, even if not true, we can learn from them. And already, you're proving her wrong. Entirely wrong. Because you're sat here with an ex-girlfriend to help Andi. It may not be fighting off vampires or spending weeks on a deserted island, but it's still brave and selfless to do so. You came to this home, knowing there was a chance Levi was here, that there could be awkward moments, irritations, misunderstandings. And you came anyway."
"Take everything that girl said to you, write it down if you must. And then tear that page up, and through it off a cliff. Because you have never been selfish to Andi. I have never seen you purposely hurt that boy. And maybe it wasn't always perfect and you had moments you wanted to think of yourself, but in the end I always saw you going back to him. You always put him first. And now more than ever, you are his father. And that, Florian, you can tattoo on your arm because that is the truth."
She placed a gentle hand on his shoulder.
"He needs you more than ever right now. Whether he appreciates it or not, whether she sees it or not, whether the court sees it. You are going to be the father you are to him because I know that's the sort of person you are."