Tuesday, April 2, 2013

C is for Caught



“I don’t love you anymore, Paul. Can’t you just accept that?” My wife of fifteen years threw a handful of clothes into the open suitcase on the bed. I couldn’t imagine her not folding them into neat little stacks, each shirt or pair of jeans categorically paired with its match. She tossed in a cluster of undergarments; all the really sexy stuff, I noticed. Where had she been hiding that?

“Come on, Jane.” I reached for her hand but she pulled away. “Can’t we talk about this?”

She stopped packing just long enough to glare at me. “What about last week? I wanted to talk then, but you just couldn’t get away from the office.”

“I was here all day Sunday. Why didn’t we talk then?” I said, feeling control slipping away.

She rolled her eyes. “Your body might have been here but your mind darn sure wasn’t. Who was she? The girl on your laptop?” Her nose crinkled up in that way I always found so cute.

“She was just. . . “ I felt my face burning.

“Paul. You’re blushing. How does it feel to be caught in your little lie? I certainly hope she’s worth it.” She sat on the corner of the bed, a lacy bra dangling from her slender fingers, the C-cups pointing up at me. A single tear rolled down her cheek.

With my finger, I touched her cheek and wiped at the tear. She closed her eyes and pressed against my palm. I felt her shaking.

“It’s not what you think,” I said. “Tina, the lady on my laptop, is with the adoption agency. I wanted to surprise you. They found us a baby. A little baby . . .”

Jane nearly knocked me over when she jumped into my arms, pulling me so tight I thought I might strangle, kissing every square inch of my face, yelling over and over, “I love you! I love you! I love you, Paul!”






Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Didn't see that twist coming. :) Every time I read some of your short stuff, I wonder how your mind works. It's so out of the blue...

I can't forget the abused character who cut off his fingers. Whatever happened to him?

Did you see my post on wicked fairy tales? You'd do great with that. Check it out.


James R Tate said...

Hey Jess. I'm looking at some markets for some of my "old stuff"
As for this story, I'm just trying to keep the pen sharp for my current WIP. I have mulled around a few ideas for the fairy tale thing. It sounds like fun.

Man O' Clay said...

That was quite a twist. I'll have to check out the wicked fairy tales, too Jess!