"I should've known," Arlene says seriously. "There were things he liked to do. In bed. That no normal man ever does." Sookie gives a great TMI look off this, but see again, that word, creeping around the edges of Drew's life: "freak." The things he wanted and the things she let him do; the things we do to keep them happy.
Jason bursts into the house, fresh from the station, and throws himself at Sookie's feet. "Jason!" she shouts, delighted, and he hurls himself upon her like a boy. "I have never been happier to see you in my life!" Sookie winces and thanks him, she loves him when he's so sweet, but: "Sweetie, I'm black and blue all over. And you're squeezing me." He backs off, apologetically, and looks up into her beautiful, ruined face for the first time. "Shit! Look what that son of a bitch did to you! I can't believe I gave him my truck." Heh. Arlene is less amused; the tears well up again, but Jason's barely noticed she is there. "If he was still alive right now, I'd... fuckin' kill him again," he says, and the words in Arlene's throat choke her, the goodbye to a whole life she dared to hope she'd have. She excuses herself, and Jason takes a while putting it together. "Oh," he says, almost proud to have figured it out. "Me and my mouth..." Sookie assures him Arlene will be all right eventually. I hope so.
"You know, I was sitting in that jail, and I just kept thinkin' about all the stupid stuff I done..." Sookie gently teases him that it must have kept him busy, but it sails over his head. It did take him a while, after all: "And I know it seems like all I ever think about's myself. And drinking. And chasing women. But that's only because I thought that's all I was good at." Sookie desperately grasps for something else, flailing mentally, and offers a weak "Football?" Jason smiles: "Not good enough for a scholarship. I ain't never been good enough for anything. Or anybody. Well, except maybe Amy." He is sad a moment; she's sad for him. She liked Amy too. She could have loved her. "But she's gone, so... So I was in there, waitin' to die too, and I realized my life wasn't worth nothing. I'd never done nothing worth being proud of. And all I could think to do was to end it." Sookie's horrified, but he ushers her past this particular part of the story as quickly as he can: "No, it's okay! Because then, something happened. Sook?" (A deeply crazy smile; the kind of smile that says "Maybe Jesus, maybe not, but crazy enough it doesn't really matter") "I was saved! I was given a second chance. And now I know that all this... this bad stuff that happened, it happened for a reason." The story that saved him.