The Cell Phone

Gina and Matt had just returned home from her cousin’s 10th wedding anniversary dinner. Matt was upstairs putting Cameron to bed. Gina was in the kitchen getting herself a glass of water. She was on her way up to the bedroom when she spotted Matt’s cell phone on the table.

She walked over to pick it up and just then it rang. Her mouth tightened when she saw the number displayed. She pressed the answer button but didn’t say anything.

“Hello, Matt?”

“Matt is putting our son to bed. What do you want, Melania? Why are you calling my husband at this hour?”

“Hello, Gina. Why are you answering his cell?”

“Never mind that,” Gina snapped. “Why are you calling him?”

“I can’t find my cell phone so I was wondering if I might have left it in his car when he dropped me home from the Raptors’ game.”

“You deliberately left it in his car so that you would have an excuse to call him, didn’t you? You’re so pathetic.”

“Look, I don’t have to put up with your insults. Just tell Matt that I called and–“

“I’m not going to give him any messages from you. You have no business going to ball games with my husband or calling him.”

“Fine. Don’t give him my message. I will call his cell another time and hopefully he will answer instead of you.”

Gina fumed. “If you think that I’m going to stand by and let you ruin my marriage, you’re sadly mistaken.”

“You don’t need my help to do that. You’re doing a fine job all by yourself.”

“Stay out of my marriage and away from my husband, Melania.”

“You’re a piece of work, Gina. You don’t want Matt but you don’t want anyone else to have him.”

“So, you admit that you want him.”

“Which woman in her right mind wouldn’t want a man like Matt? You don’t deserve him.”

“And you do?” Gina laughed caustically. “He doesn’t even see you as a woman. To him, you’re just a girl.”

“If that were true, you wouldn’t be telling me to stay away from him. I may be much younger than him but when he looks at me I can assure you, he doesn’t see a girl.”

Gina’s face turned beet red and her fingers gripped the phone. “I warn you, Melania. Stay away from my husband or else…”

“Or else what?”

“Believe me, you don’t want to find out.”

“I’m not afraid of you.”

Just then, Matt walked into the kitchen. “Who are you talking to?” he asked Gina. “And that’s my cell. May I have it?” He held out his hand and she grudgingly gave it to him. “Hello?”

Gina glared at him before she marched out of the kitchen.

“Hi Matt, sorry for calling you at this hour but I was wondering if I might have left my cell phone in your car. I can’t find it and I’ve searched for it everywhere in my apartment and in my car as well.”

“I’ll check in the morning and call you back.”

“All right. Thanks. Have a good night, Matt.”

“Thanks, Mel. You too.” He ended the call.

Gina was getting undressed when he walked into the bedroom. “I don’t appreciate you getting calls on your cell from other women,” she told him.

“What were you doing with my cell?”

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“You left it on the table in the kitchen. I was going to bring it upstairs to you when she called.”

“Why did you answer it instead of letting it go to voicemail?”

“When I saw who the caller was, I had to put her in her place. She has no business calling you, Matt. You’re married.”

“I’ve told you before, Gina. Mel and I are just friends.”

“And I’ve told you before that she wants to be more than friends. I don’t understand why you can’t see that.”

“The next time my cell rings and I’m not here to answer it, just let it go to voicemail.”

“Fine!”

He went over to his chest of drawers and took out a pair of pajamas. “Goodnight,” he said.

“Since you like sleeping in the guest room, why don’t you move your things in there?”

“Maybe I will.”

“Fine!” She felt like throwing something at him.

He walked out of the room, closing the door quietly behind him.

Gina sank heavily down on the bed. Ever since he came home from visiting Kira and Joel, he had been sleeping in the guestroom. His excuse that time was that he didn’t want to disturb her. What was his excuse for the other times? And what about this time? Was it because of the damned phone call? She bristled when she thought of the exchange she had with Melania. It was her fault that Matt and she weren’t sleeping together any more. Well, first thing tomorrow morning, she was going to call Kira and tell her about her niece’s shameful behavior. And she would have Kira make sure that Melania stayed away from Matt.

Then, she thought that instead of calling Kira she would get up early in the morning while Matt was still sleeping, go and look in his car to see if the cell was there. She would take it to Kira and that would give her the opportunity to talk to her about her niece. And when Kira gave the cell to Melania, she would warn her to stay away from Matt. This was a better plan because it would save Matt the trouble of finding the cell and taking it over to Melania’s place. And it would serve the little hussy right to have her little scheme foiled.

Gina smiled to herself. She got up and finished getting ready for bed.

The next morning when Matt searched every where in his car for Mel’s cell, he couldn’t find it. As soon as he got to his office, he called her at her workplace to let her know that her cell wasn’t in his car.

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