His father. That was a topic Alfonso did not like to talk about. His mother had been the daughter of a wealthy business man. When Alfonso’s grandfather passed on, Pops took half of what wasn’t his, and his cozening was complete. He hadn’t even been much of a father up to that point, Alfonso’s mother was always engaged in plangent conversation regarding the shortcomings of her husband. Pops was the reason Alfonso wanted a family; he wanted to do better, to love a wife with his whole heart and have her know every day that he appreciated her.