The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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It only took a few months for their relationship to degrade to this point. It was unbelievably hard for her, both mentally and physically. She’d relied on my father’s income, which was hard enough to deal with, but then she had to accept the fact that she was having a second divorce. All she wanted when she was little was to grow up, get married, and live happily ever after. She didn’t realize it at the time, but she still had a chance at a happily ever after.

“Rob, can you grab my wallet?” Doreen called up the stairs as she got ready for work. “Rob?” A loud bang, followed by a barrage of curses was her answer. She ran up the stairs, into the room, to find Rob panicking, throwing things into his briefcase.

“What happened?”

Rob didn’t answer, just continued to tear through their room.

“Rob? Rob!”

“I don’t have time for this Mara!” He froze. Doreen’s heart stopped, face burning.

“What, did you just-”

“It was an accident,” He said, dryly, continuing to pack his things.

“Are you still seeing her?”

“What? No. Don’t be ridiculous.”

“Don’t try to make me feel crazy. I wouldn’t have to ask if it didn’t happen in the first place.

“I don’t have time for this.” He lifted the overflowing briefcase up, lodging it under his arm in an attempt to keep it closed, and tried to push past her.

“Make time.” She stood her ground.

“In case you couldn’t tell, I have things to do. I can’t deal with your insecurities right now.”

“And I can’t deal with you cheating on me, but here we are.”

“Just let it go! Yes, it happened, but-”

“Just let it go? You’re acting like it was years ago. Like it was one time! You’re acting like I did something wrong.”

“Only thing you’ve done is act psychotic,” Rob said coldly, staring down at her. She looked away, and he pushed his way into the hall.

“Well, maybe we should just get a divorce then!” She yelled at him, following him onto the upstairs landing.

He froze at the top step. “Yeah. I think that’s best.”

 

The Final Straw

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Middletown, NJ

It only took a few months for their relationship to degrade to this point. It was unbelievably hard for her, both mentally and physically. She’d relied on my father’s income, which was hard enough to deal with, but then she had to accept the fact that she was having a second divorce. All she wanted when she was little was to grow up, get married, and live happily ever after. She didn’t realize it at the time, but she still had a chance at a happily ever after.

Recorded by Robert Mulry on March 30, 2018
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