When I went to work the next morning I knew what I had to do. Nobody showed up as usual until Terri got there even later than usual. I was doing beds and she joined in to help me. I was right about thinking Sal would be too depressed to come in. We were getting ready to leave when she said, Pam, I need to ask you something."
I knew what was coming. "Good," I said, "I need to talk to you too. You first."
"Why did you tell Sal that I told you we needed testosterone? He knows I picked it up last week and he reamed my ass for it. I told him I forgot and you know I never told you that in the first place."
"Well, that's why I needed to talk to you. I told him that because when I walked out of the kennel last night I heard him start to beat on Kay. I had to have an excuse to come back in the kennel unexpectedly and it was the first thing to pop in my head. I was already kinda thinking that he had hit her before but I wasn't sure about it. Now I'm sure. I have to tell you if it happens again I will be going to the track about it. I don't care if you do fire me." I looked her directly in the eye when I said that last part.
"So that's what it was," she said to herself. "Listen I know he gets rough sometimes but he means well. I will do everything in my power to keep him away from her from now on and you have to too. It shouldn't be that hard for the two of us to do. I like you. We're friends. I don't want to see you go and the track will need proof, good solid proof, and you don't have it.
"I know. That's why I haven't gone already. If you promise me you'll protect her then I will too. That should take care of the problem."
"It's a deal. I'll see you at weigh-in tonight. Let's go home."
"Sure, weigh-in, see ya tonight."
As the days went by Terri kept her promise. Sal hardly came in the kennel at all anymore. They tried to hire Jeff back but he would have no part of it. He said, "It's better for the family if I don't work for them anymore."
He was right but I missed him. Terri was fun to work with and we got along great. She missed a lot of work though and I was going weeks without a day off - just a turnout here and there. Luckily Bobby found a place for us and he moved us while I was working. It was a good thing because I had almost fallen asleep driving more than once and I was going to get killed if I kept it up.