Aaron had overheard many angry conversations between the two, often going something along the lines of: Mrs. Hester, pulling the plates out of the dishwasher and stacking them neatly in the cupboard: “Dad, I hate being back here. You know that. You know that I spent every moment of my childhood waiting to get out of this place.” Grandfather Anderson, standing motionless by the table: “I know, Liana, but I only want what’s best for both you and Aaron.” His voice was much warmer and softer than usual. Mrs. Hester, pulling a glass out of the dishwasher with shaking hands: “Don’t give me any of that “I only want what’s best” crap. Being back in this awful house is definitely not the best for me. You know that, Dad. You know that.” Grandfather Anderson, taking the glass from her and putting it carefully away: “I know it’s not ideal, Liana, but you must admit that it is better than being homeless, which was your only other option.” The usual rigidity had crept back into his voice. “And for Aaron? If you didn’t move in here, he would have had to drop out of school.” Here Mrs. Hester completely lost it. “And perhaps that would have been better! Do you know..." In this excerpt, I was unsure about the tense of the bolded bits. I am writing in the past tense, but when I was writing this part, I found myself consistently going to present tense in the bolded bits. I wrote "His voice is..." "the usual rigidity has..." and "...completely loses it" rather than using the words "was," "had," and "lost," although I went back and changed it. I know that the tense should be consistent, but the present tense sounded much more natural in this part. Is that right, or is it just me?