Excerpt from 'A Matter of Issue'
With the lovebirds out of the way, life returned to normal for Charles's two sons. However as the days, then weeks, slipped by Kirk became more and more agitated. He telephoned Bill from time to time, to see if he had any news.
'Just let sleeping dogs lie,' Bill suggested. 'When Dad phoned a few days ago he sounded like he'd just about had enough of Mary and her family. Apparently he's been helping to fix a few things around her house, so she can put it on the market. Seems she doesn't need such a large house any more, so wants to move into something more affordable. I warned Dad not to overdo it, but you know how he is when he thinks he has a pretty lady to impress.'
'I knew it, I just knew it!' Kirk exploded. 'She'll be moving out here lock, stock and barrel before the summer is over, you just watch.'
'Oh I don't think so, Kirk. Her family are all back east and I can't imagine her wanting to leave them.'
'So where's she going to live, if she sells her big house?'
'Maybe she's planning to move closer to her daughter. I really don't know, Kirk, and if you ask me it isn't our problem.'
'Well Dad's been at her place almost a month already, and what with the time she spent at Dad's place they could almost be considered to be living common law,' Kirk said, a note of alarm in his voice. 'I talked to a friend of mine, who's brother is a lawyer. He says that after one year of living common law they are considered as good as married, and you know what that means brother, don't you?'
'They'll have to get married to save her tarnished reputation?' Bill said, trying to infuse some humour into the situation.
'It means, brother, that she'll be entitled to half of everything Dad owns, don't you see that? And if she outlives him, which the chances are she will, everything would automatically flow to her and her family, leaving you and me, brother, out in the cold.'