2012/10/27 § Leave a comment
On the theme of How We Fall Out of Love
SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE REALIZED
There’s a dress you can wear that will cover up the deep scratch marks he brought to life on your back. Or there’s a sweater. There are even t-shirts you can wear with jeans. It’s better than nothing but that, as it turns out is actually something.
There’s also that thing about the court date for “Lewd and Indecent Activity.” Please consider pleading out that charge because court will cause more embarrassment than the normal embarrassment your affair is causing me. The questions from the judge about how you gave your new lover a hand job while he was driving with no seat belt, his hips hoisted up so the flagman could see it all through the windshield will have people on the edge of their seats. Also, the minor fact that you never stopped will be placed in your permanent record.
Eight months ago, when you suggested he and his wife should come over for dinner, which was, upon further calculation: You and he started cheating ten months ago. Subtract from that eight. Carry a one from the tens column. That made dinner, in hindsight, a bad idea. You made crusted mahi-mahi with lime. You admire dolphins, in fact, when you see them on television you say that you love them.
I ask you, why someone from your office? I’ve met all your co-workers, not for dinner, but during company events. Even if their eyes said it, I’ll never be “poor Doug” as I’ve never ever put myself in that position in the past. Allow me to decline the invitation to the company’s Holiday Party this year and before you off-handedly ask, I do mind if you go.
We can talk over dinner at our favorite restaurant. Pick something out: There’s that dress, or the sweater; maybe jeans and a t-shirt, since everything is different. I’ll still want to peel them off but not in a way we used to when we wanted each other. Now it’s only something I need to do. Right now, I need to see.
Timothy Gager is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction. He lives on www.timothygager.com.