"Are you serious?" Molly couldn't quite understand this with Tess. "You're staying at Puck's?"
"For now. You know, its. I got sick, you know. And, and he's really an OK guy." Molly sensed it was all a lie. She didn't know Puck. What if he slept with everyone? He was so deceiving, Molly thought. Did Sal know he was like this.
"You'll be in tomorrow, then?" Molly knew Tess didn't take sick days.
"Yeah, of course. I just need to, get over this. We drank too much, you know." Tess was still slightly aloof.
"All right. I see." But Molly didn't. She should have really expected this. Who was kidding whom? Molly hadn't meant to start anything for Tess. Why couldn't she just date people, like normal people do. Or was everyone hooking up in a mega second?
Molly hung up then, thinking she was becoming her mother. She knew how her own mother felt about her and Sal. In spite of what her mother thought, she and Sal had been friends an awful long time before they moved in together. He was dating someone at the time they met. She had a high school boyfriend. Then things just sort of evolved. Sal's old girlfriend met someone and moved away. Her boyfriend joined the Navy, and they were just there. Friends. Friends that started hanging out. Before she knew it, Jory was jealous. Michelle did her best to shake things up between them only to leave them closer than before. Then came one fast food job after another. Finally, she landed a shelving position at the library. Sal was her best friend. And he was going to go live in Nashville to see if life was better there, after his last suicide attempt over Michelle. She thought she would never hear from him again, but then she did. He came home more scared because he had finally decided she was the only home he ever wanted.
Molly woke up from her quick flashback to see her arch nemesis standing there at the circulation counter.
"Hey, you working today?" Dax was in a huff.
"Yes." She was going to kill him with kindness. Maybe. "Can I help you?" She gave him a dead stare.
"Yeah, where's Tess?" He was so gruff. It stung Molly that he knew her name. When did he find that out? How did he know her?
"She's not working today." Molly was cold, suddenly.
"She's always here." He gave her a sly look.
"Do you have a computer question?" Molly rechecked in books then. As if she had something to do.
"NO, I WANT TO KNOW WHERE TESS IS." He was bitter.
"I dunno." Molly really didn't know. "You don't need to take that tone with me." She so wanted to pick up the phone and call 911. She thought maybe he should be on a terrorist list, somewhere. "Is there anything I can help you with?" She felt like a robot. She had to stay a robot.
"No, I just need to see Tess. Don't know why you have to keep her from me. Are you in love with her, or something?" He was serious. Molly almost cracked up, but she backed away. She had to find someone to deal with him. Why couldn't he just go away?