I remember the last time I spoke to Maleficent car-side I had ignored him. It wasn't intentional. I was so focused on having a pleasant conversation with Maleficent that I forgot he was even there.
Still I felt bad for my rudeness later on.
I decided that I wasn't going to do that again today.
I would be polite. Say hello or acknowledge him in some way.
He ... apparently had other plans.
Throughout my entire conversation with Maleficent he avoids eye contact.
He is looking down. Fidgeting.
"We have the DVD of Cinderella's play for you. We can give it to you later if you want."
Oh that's great. Thank you so much for copying it for me.
(Maleficent missed the play due to emergency surgery that day.)
I glance over at Diablo. He is sitting in the driver's seat looking down at his feet. At his lap. Out the window.
I try to include him in the conversation when I make the offer to drop Cinderella off at her place after summer camp.
"I have to pick up Hansel anyway and I know sometimes Diablo has your car. So it's really no trouble."
Yeah, his schedule is sometimes a bit crazy.
Maleficent glances over at Diablo but he neither makes eye contact nor offers her any acknowledgement.
He appears to be seething in anger.
He curls his lips and wipes the sides of mouth like some angry thug trying to control his temper but is teetering dangerously close to opening a can of whoop-ass on someone.
I fear that someone might be me.
Prince Charming has witnessed first-hand what *type* of guy Diablo is.
He's the kind of guy who tries to use physical intimidation when he feels threatened. Or if he suspects a loved one is being threatened.
He is the antithesis of Prince Charming using his "boxer" title to show-off and bully.
The chest-bumping finger-pointing-in-your-face kind of guy.
I have never liked that trait.
I like it even less knowing that my stepdaughter is in such close proximity to it and knowing that this guy is one step away from being her Stepfather.