Steven and Maggie knew that David was the favourite and their father ‘didn’t like them.’
Maggie knew Daddy liked her better than Steven but never spoke it. She didn’t have to. Steven knew his father ‘hated’ him.
Once he actually cried about it; alone, where no one could see him.
Then, as would become his standard, he began his self destruct.
He began to take a twisted pleasure out of ruining his opportunities. It seemed he strived to get the lowest marks, run the slowest, be the kid that no one liked.
When his father was going out with David, Steven would hide or leave the house, so that even if his father wanted him to come, he couldn’t be found.