Jared Frio entered his twilight years the same way he’d led the rest of his life: an obnoxious, mean-spirited, bully.
He played practical jokes on his family, like sneaking up behind to scare them (though this one, being in plain sight, didn’t go off as planned).
He danced around naked (OK, here he’s actually changing clothes after a bath, but it’s funny anyway).
He left the stereo running non-stop, all hours of the day. When there was music playing near him, which was pretty much all the time, he danced. When anyone was near, he’d pull them away to dance with him, whether they liked it or not.
And I mean anyone.
He hit on the hired help.
He yelled at people and insulted them he’d had a bad day, or because he was bored, or because it amused him.
Sometimes he blew things up.
He terrorized little Lancelot when he was a kid, but now that he was a teenager, something fundamental in him snapped. He stopped putting up with Jared’s crap and started lashing back.
If Jared so much as attempted something mean to Lancelot or the rest of the family, Lancelot was on his ass. And Jared could dish it out, but he couldn’t take it so well. Soon, even the pretense of family affection burned away.
Things got a little bit tense in the Sample household. Susie and Connor laughed and changed the subject whenever Jared and Lance looked like they might blow up at each other. The less time they spent in the same room together, the better.