Anyway, Graham follows Patty into the front hall as she cautions him to "bear with" her since she's "upset." Graham immediately makes with the placating: "Look, I know how you feel about her, but she's actually not a bad kid." Distractedly, Patty replies, "Who, that Rayanne person? Please, she's the least of my problems." Graham says that's good, since Angela invited Rayanne to stay for dinner, and Patty dismissively says, "Fine, I don't care, whatever," which in my house would earn a spouse the hand and the crook-neck, if not the finger. Patty's problem (today) is that she got "a really upsetting letter," which she hands to Graham. He reluctantly takes it and then, seeing the return address on the envelope, sinks onto the sofa moaning, "Oh, man! The IRS! It's not...the 'a' word...." and Patty confirms that it is: "I can't believe we're being audited -- at least, Wood & Jones Printing is." This story line is quite dull, but the upshot is that Patty told her dad -- whose company it was, and who just retired, giving her the reins -- before she told Graham, and Graham gets all snitty about it, even though they're auditing the return from a year in which Patty's dad fell ill, and she prepared the return because, according to Graham, "He was too cheap to hire an accountant." Patty makes a guttural noise of great exasperation which suggests that this is an argument they've had on several previous occasions, and Graham asks her to promise him that they'll "handle this in [their] own way." Before Patty can promise, Angela materializes behind Graham and asks, "'Handle' what?" Patty snaps, "Nothing," and then admits that the company's being audited. Angela drawls, "Why? Did you lie about something?" Graham asks her, "Why are you looking at me?" (and she is, make no mistake). Patty assures Angela that no one lied, and that the IRS chooses candidates for audits at random, blah blah blah taxcakes. Angela asks if Rayanne may still stay for dinner, and Graham snaps, "Yes, yes!" Angela makes a "chill, dude" face and snots, "Just checking" as she ambles off. As soon as she's gone, Graham demands of Patty, "Did you see that? Did you hear that? 'Just checking.' Did you notice that tone that she takes with me now?" Patty, who's probably been on the receiving end of that "tone" for at least a couple of years now, says she didn't notice anything. Graham opines that something's not right between himself and Angela, and that she's become distant, and treats him with a "silent contempt." Heh. I have a patent on that, though I did grant my sister a license when she turned twelve. Patty gently tells him that Angela adores him, and that Patty has dibs on Angela's silent contempt. Graham seems somewhat mollified.
My So-Called Life
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My So-Called Life