Michael stepped back from the door and gestured them inside.
The cottage inside was small but charming, so carefully and tastefully decorated that Luigi began to wonder whether Michael wasn't after all gay.
“Come through here.” Michael ushered them through to the kitchen. He filled and put on the kettle and said, “Scrambled eggs on toast?”
Luigi spoke for Cody again when he accepted. “Can I help?” he asked.
“Plates are in that cupboard over there,” replied Michael gesturing to a worn dresser in the corner.
Cody sat down at the able and didn't speak. His eyes were hollow and his face expressionless. Luigi glanced at him, now very worried. He would have to talk soon, talk properly. Rape, torture, nearly murdered. Even the sanest and strongest would be profoundly affected by such things. And Luigi was certain that Cody wasn't very strong. He also wondered whether Cody's wife would be able to help him. When she found out what Cody had been doing when he'd been taken by the murderer, she would be so angry and so unhappy she would want to lash out. She would be dealing with her own issues as well as his. And if Cody were thrown out, or he left her, how would he cope? He didn't know how much Cody loved her, but even if he didn't much, he must love his children. For a moment Luigi was lost in the memories of being a toddler and a small boy, before the pressure to be straight started, when his parents still loved him.
“Eat something, Coads,” he urged. “It could be a marathon session with the police. You'll need to keep your strength.”
But Cody barely shook his head, staring at the table-top.
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