Alicia needed a week away from home as she felt hemmed in, less free than when she was with James. Her husband and son were taking her for granted, and treating her like a skivvy, wanting her to wait upon them. All she seemed to do is housework, and when going out it was to a store for their food. Even sex was chore. Thinking back it had been boring and a ritual from when they were first married.
James had changed all that, making sex exciting and satisfying. As a boy of eighteen, he was using her, of course he was. But she had let her husband do that, just use her. That revelation threw her even closer to the boy, besides the blackmail. Needing a time away from her husband, she planned on taking a break, and made the mistake of telling James. The boy, her bully, was going with her.