“Meanwhile,” His father continued in a tight voice, “I will go easy on you for the first offense.” He put his head to one side and studied the clock on the wall. “Let’s just say this. I expect to see them back to where they belong once I come home from work. That being the case, I won’t say a word about it. We’ll go about our usual business and forget that this ever happened.”
Mark had no choice but to nod slowly, even though he didn’t see how that might change anything.