Before answering, Jenna placed her Spode teapot on the table and added a plate of lemon shortbread.
“At least it’s a nice word,” Jenna said.
Through narrowed eyes I glared at Jenna.
Well it is nice,” she insisted.
“It was an insult. She was calling me strange, a fool.”
“Probably,” Jenna agreed pouring the tea. “You probably seem strange to Caroline.”
“I’m not strange when she needs someone to babysit,” I replied. “Nor when she wants to borrow money, nor when she needs someone to talk to for hours and hours, nor when she expects me to pay rent for space I can’t even use.” I let out a deep sigh.
“Did you tell her yet?” Jenna inquired.
I nodded, “That’s when she called me quixotic. She blew up. Said I had to rent both rooms.”
“B-bloody hell!” Jenna sputtered. “She expects you to go on renting space you can’t use?”
I shrugged. “She needs the money.”
“She ought to have considered that sooner and made the space livable,” Jenna retorted. “You’re not going to continue paying for both rooms?”
I shook my head. “I told her to get a second housemate. She said no. She likes things as they are.”
“Of course she does,” Jenna said. “She’s got a live-in friend, spiritual director, babysitter, and cook who pays rent.”
I chuckled. “I said I would be only be paying for one room after this month.”
“She’s fortunate you gave notice,” Jenna said.
I nibbled a biscuit and sipped my tea.
“You know,” I said. “Caroline is the quixotic one.”
“I’d call her something else entirely,” Jenna snorted.
I smiled. “She lives in a dream world.” I took a sip of tea then continued, “It never occurred to her that I would stop paying for the whole floor.”
“Why did you wait so long?” Jenna asked.
“I didn’t want her to get a second housemate,” I answered. “The three of them are enough.” I took another sip of tea. “But I don’t care anymore. I need to save money to move.”
“I’d have moved sooner,” Jenna said.
“Yeah,” I nodded. “But money’s been tight and I love the girls. It seemed a good decision at the time.”
“But not now?” Jenna asked.
“No,” I said, “not now.”