Recap: Levi is at his uncle's lawyer hoping to break the will.
Here's today's excerpt.
Pride kept him from returning his uncle’s anxious calls when he first left the house. Angelique poured on the charm until the wedding. Well to be more exact, she kept hugging, kissing, and petting him like he was an overfed poodle until his first bonus check came. The Army didn’t give you the money right off. Probably did once, but several potential soldiers vanished with the money. Now they dribbled out the money. The first bonus check came after basic. Another one appeared in the checking account about the time he’d served six months in Afghanistan.
That pretty much coincided with the anonymous letter he received and Angelique’s exit from town. Once he tried to investigate what was going on with his wife and money, she must have realized her days were numbered. His large hand pinned the will to the scarred desk. The lawyer cleared his throat, indirectly reminding him he was still there.
He should say something. The man expected it. What was he ranting about before he saw his uncle’s signature looking so wavy and weak? It was the handwriting of an old man. Someone on his last legs, not the strong vibrant uncle he remembered.
Roy was never shy about saying what he thought. As a teenager, Levi had been harder than most to raise. Still, his uncle never raised a hand to him or his voice until that last argument. Roy’s discipline, although it took several convoluted turns, was fair.
Levi picked up the will feeling the weight of the heavy stock paper in his hand. Typed in bold font were the details how he and someone named Melody Gibbons would share everything equally including the house and boat. Just maybe this was Uncle Roy’s final attempt to discipline him beyond the grave. It was hard to say what point he was trying to make.
Flourishing the paper, he asked. “Is this solid? I already had my lawyer send a letter contesting Melody Gibbon’s claim.”
The older man shook his head and sighed deeply. “I wish you hadn’t done that. It’s going to make things sticky when you meet today.”