The door to the motel room slammed shut, shaking the walls.
“Mother. Mother where are you? God damn it. You get out here right now. I’ve not finished with you yet mother!” Norman screamed.
He stormed through the hotel room. “Come out come out where ever you are.” Norman lifted the cover on the edge of the bed, and ducked down to look under it. “Mother, I know you’re here somewhere.Order now
I’m going to find you!” In the bathroom Maude hid, cowering behind a shower curtain. With every one of her son’s shouts she curled tighter and tighter into a ball. She pulled the shower curtain all the way around the tub, in a vain attempt to hide. She had no idea why she chose the bathroom; she just ran straight in there.
“Mommy dearest. Oh mommy.” Norman slowly opened the door to the bathroom. “One, two, Norman’s coming for you.
” He walked over to the bath and slowly pulled back the shower curtain. “Hello mother. Why are you hiding? I’ve got something for you.” Maude whimpered with fear as the last rays of the sun glinted off the blade in Norman’s hand.
“You ok there mum?” Anthony asked.
“I’m fine sweetheart. Now stop worrying about me and keep your eyes on the road.” Jane replied.
“Want some music on mum?” Anthony inquired.
“No darling. Let’s just talk. Tell me more about your fiance.
” She said.
“Well you’re going to love her. She’s funny, outgoing, compassionate, and beautiful. And I adore her.
She makes me smile. She keeps me happy. I’ve never met anyone like her in my whole life.” He smiled as he talked.
“She sounds great. So tell me how you two met.”
“It’s strange actually. I saw her for the first time in the lift in our office building, but I never talked to her.
Then it was my turn to fetch the sandwiches from the local shop. I gave my order and turned around to sit down. As I did I bumped into someone and said sorry. It was then I heard it, her voice.
It’s like honey or silk. I looked up and there she was. We sat together waiting for our sandwiches. It turns out that her offices are on the floor above ours.
We walked back together and I didnt want to say goodbye. We just clicked. I don’t know how else to describe it. As the lift approached my floor I decided to risk everything and ask her out on a date.
She said yes and we’ve never looked back. She the one. I know it.”
Jane smiled and said “In the end that’s how it was for your father and I.
We just knew. Alison sounds great. I’m sure I’ll love her and that we’ll get on very well. Unless you think I’m one of those frightening mother in law types?” they both laughed.
Anthony and his mother shared a close relationship, although not in the oedipal sense, nor were they dependent upon one another. They just enjoyed each other’s company. They fought, but then who doesn’t fight with their parents? But Anthony and Jane’s fights were never vicious and never lasted long. Anthony was happy with his life.
As he drove along he thought about how well everything was going. He couldn’t wait for his mother to meet Alison. Although he had talked to them both about the other they had never actually met in person. This was due to the fact that his mother had been abroad for the past year.
They hadn’t even conversed much as due to constantly moving, Jane phone calls were infrequent and short, answered by Anthony. He was glad that his mother was home now and going to live near them. He’d missed her, but travelling was always something his mother had always wanted to do. He looked over at her and smiled.
“Anthony, it’s getting late. Are we going to be driving all night or are we stopping somewhere?” Jane asked him. Anthony looked out at the road and thought deeply for a moment. “Well, by my reckoning,” he said, “we’ve got about another six hours to go.”
“Anthony, dear, it’s half ten