Unknown to Jeff, Herbert had tossed him out of his life. Herbert had sold the family home, sold the business, sold everything.
He bought a small house in Jeff’s name and invested in an interest bearing account. A sum, matched to a living wage, would be paid to Jeff every month.
The only ‘card’ Jeff had held was Steve, Judy’s son. And he tossed that ‘card’.
Having humiliated Steve at the wedding ceremony, ended any relationship between them. There would be no split loyalty. There would be no way Jeff could weasel into their lives.
Herbert and Judy and Steve were the family.
Jeff was on his own.