I told no one what had happened. No one. Harlow knew because she was there but agreed not to tell Freddy so as not to turn him further against Tucker. I decided that the epic ass kissing was good. The feelings of watching him jump when I said anything were so good to me. You know when it’s really cold in the mornings? So cold that your fingers ache? Then you wrap a towel or warm blanket around yourself and feel the slow crawl of heat to your extremities as they start to thaw out; the delicious feeling as the warmth radiates and envelopes you? Like that, but waaaaayy better. Plus, I was still in the same spot. Still no vehicle, no money put back, not able to figure out which way to turn or which way to take us. Mostly paralyzed by fear and overwhelmed by decisions.
Thankfully during this time with us all crammed into this apartment, the sex life had devolved to a dull, extremely quiet, very dismal routine that served only to put him to sleep. It meant the sexual shenanigans had come to a stop for the most part and I was glad of it. Tucker kept on just trying to make me happy but things just seemed to be harder and harder on us. I can remember waiting until midnight for the food stamps to be deposited on the card so that I could go and shop at midnight for food for us. It was worse and worse day by day.
One day in the midst of this, I’m not even sure what sparked the initial argument, but I had many such days breaking up Freddy and Tuckerette. He, again, was an outspoken child and resented the fact that since she was supposed to be an adult and he was supposed to mind her but yet she didn’t work and she barely did housework or took care of the baby. We had given Tuckerette some money to take care of her checking account and she had double spent so that she ended up with bounced checks. She ended up further not paying for them and laying the blame on her father. Freddy had been privy to at least part of these conversations inadvertently and of course had run wild with the information. He never ceased to give her a hard time and I was ever the peace maker. On one particular day she was griping about not having something…clothes, money, I don’t really know what and Freddy told her if she would go out and get a job maybe she’d have something.
At that moment Harlow was busy rocking the baby because he’d been teething and fussy. Freddy and Tuckerette were busy yelling at one another and I stood watching, not sure what to do to whom first. I had told Tuckerette constantly not to engage him, he was after all a 13 year old and she was 23. I had constantly told Freddy to shut his mouth to an adult and talk to me if he had problems with the situation.
Freddy had retreated to the top of the metal spiral staircase and turned and opened his mouth and said, “Well if you were enough of a grown up to have that baby, you ought to take care of it instead of letting my mom and sister do it all the time.”
Before I could stop her, Tuckerette crossed the room and put two hands firmly in the middle of Freddy’s chest and shoved him, hard. He fell backwards with his arms windmilling and caught himself after he’d fallen down two steps. I had to lunge to catch him before he caught hold of her hair as he bounded back up the stairs. He was screaming and lunging and I had to stop him and calm him so I could see if he was alright. He was cussing still and I told him that was enough. I sent him down to his room and turned to Tuckerette.
“What in the hell is wrong with you?! You could have seriously injured or even killed him. Don’t you realize that?”
She spun around and jerked the baby from Harlow’s arms. He began to scream and she was yelling about how she didn't have to put up with this shit and he was a kid and couldn't talk to her that way and she was taking her baby and getting out. I stopped her and said, “You can go where you want but you know you’re in the wrong here and you owe that boy and me an apology.”
She proceeded to take her screaming baby and load up in the truck she wasn't paying for and drive away, presumably to the barn. I called her father and told him to be expecting his daughter shortly and that she’d almost killed my son. I told him things were changing right then and she needed to get a job or go back to her mother’s.
He sounded disgusted and worn out and I didn't care. I knew he was juggling money and cattle and horses and had a tenuous grasp at best on financial matters. Case in point, I had gone to the barn one day to get my mustang out and saddle him only to find that he’d been sold without so much as a, would you mind or we need the money. After I hung up with him, I took the computer and started looking for a place I could afford for me and my children without anyone else. I knew that even though my parents had co-signed for the apartment we were in, they probably would be okay with me walking away from it if it meant I were walking away from Tucker. Tucker came home to find me searching for someplace to live which spawned another argument and yet more emotional terrorism. All of which I bought into yet again. My son looked at me in utter disgust and defeat and my daughter said nothing. Since most of it couldn't be kept private in the tiny apartment, they had heard most of it.
The following months led to Tuckerette moving in with her boyfriend, Tucker, Jr. being arrested and held for a week on some vendetta that a former business associate of Tucker’s had telling Tucker that he’d drop charges against Tucker, Jr. if Tucker paid the $10,000 he owed. So, Tucker came up with $10,000, the charges were dropped and meanwhile we continued to get eviction notices and scrape gas and food money together.
The move prompted a new beginning for us though as Tucker came up with money for a down payment on a car for me and I finally had my own vehicle and the kids were happy for a new house with lots of room and no Tuckerette. I thought that this would be the time for me to make it all happen. I thought I could finally make things right and better. It was the never ending cycle of my pipe dreams and pie in the sky.