After another perfectly awful email, this time directly threatening our persons, we spent the night out of our house and pursued the police, asking them just to raise the fact of the complaints and investigation with the builder and to ask him to stop contacting us other than through formal channels. They visited him last night, I'm told, with "consequences [of his actions] explained and understood". So far, nothing further. I'll be going home this evening with P and trying to enjoy being there, in my space, with my family.
I trust we won't be chased further by him, but who knows. I believe the threats are bluster to try and squeeze a few more dollars out of us, but, like I said, who the fuck knows. In any case, we've taken them seriously out of an abundance of caution. You know, I'm a lawyer and I've seen far worse, but it really is different when you're the person intimately involved with the crime, not just the advisor.
Thank god for insurance, an excellent and responsive police force, an understanding workplace and P's family for accomodating and caring for us last night.
In the interim, Dad's not doing so well and Mum's struggling with the burden a bit, I think. I've booked last minute flights to see them this weekend, even though we're booked to go at Easter. I've rented a car so they don't have to make trips to the airport and even if all I do is sit quietly with Dad, at least Mum can have a breather and some space. He's still himself, but there are aspects of him that are changing, from what I'm able to tell over the phone. I need to see them both, I think.
In brighter news, how about that cricket world cup semi-final?! Poor old P had tickets to the game -- I wouldn't have otherwise felt sorry for him, but this was during the threat crisis and a very busy period at work, followed a hard weekend of work on the house and stag do for a close friend, at a time when he was dealing with a pregnant, ill wife, his father-in-law's illness and has the pressure of completing the renovation -- I think the stress of the game nearly gave him a heart attack! The result and the game were thrilling, of course, but when it comes to the wire like that it's stressful. My heart goes out to the South Africans but we're so excited for the final on Sunday :) I'm backing the Black Caps - go Kiwis!