He tried to soothe her, but all attempts seemed futile right now. So he just held her and let her cry it out. He'd never seen her like this, he was kind of taken aback at seeing her so broken.
They stayed like that silent for a time until his phone went off. He knew that timer meant he had to leave, and he really didn't want to. "Helen, he pulled away so he could see her face, wiping her tears with his thumbs and handing her a napkin. "I'm sorry. I asked you to come out, but I have to go. I have to go pick up my daughter from school." That would surely be another blow.