Matt was waiting outside and at the front of his building when Gina dropped Cam off. As soon as Cam saw his Dad, he ran to him. Matt picked him up and hugged him. “Hey, buddy. How are you doing?”
“Fine thanks, Daddy,” he said, beaming.
She handed him Cam’s duffle bag.
He took it. “Thanks.”
“I’ll be back on Sunday.”
“Say goodbye to Mommy.”
Cam waved at her.
“You’re not even going to invite me upstairs?”
“Fine! I’ll leave then.” She turned and marched off, her face flushed with anger. Damn him, she fumed. She got into her car and drove off. Instead of going home, she decided to pop over at Joel’s and Kira’s place. She would have a word with them about Melania who was responsible for what was happening between Matt and her.
When she got there, Joel answered the door. He looked surprised to see her. “Hello, Gina.”
“Hello, Joel. May I come in?”
“Sure.” He stepped aside so that she could go inside.
“Kira isn’t here. She and Mel went shopping. They should be back in a couple of hours or so.”
“That’s too bad. I was hoping to talk to Kira about her niece.”
“Why don’t we go in the den?” he suggested.
She followed him into the den and sat down on the leather couch while he sat opposite her in the armchair. “Have you spoken to Matt recently?”
“The last time I spoke to him was Thursday–Canada Day. Why?”
“I went to see him on Canada Day but he wasn’t in the mood for company.”
“I invited him to spend it with Kira and me but he declined. He said he wanted to spend it alone.”
“Did Melania spend it with you and Kira?”
“No. When Matt said he wasn’t going to come, Kira called Melania and invited her to spend the day with us but she told Kira that she wanted to spend it alone.”
Gina’s mouth compressed. “How strange that both of them decided to spend the holiday alone.”
Joel’s eyes narrowed. “What are you implying?”
“I’m not implying anything but isn’t it possible that they spent the holiday together?”
“It’s possible but I can assure you that they didn’t.”
“How can you be so sure?”
“Simple, I trust them. They haven’t seen each other since you spoke to Kira about advising Melania to stay away from Matt for the sake of your marriage.”
Gina laughed bitterly. “What marriage? Thanks to Melania, my marriage is in shambles.”
“The state of your marriage isn’t her fault, Gina, and you know it.”
“I know how fond you are of that home wrecker but she has ransacked my marriage.”
“How has she done that?”
“By throwing herself at Matt and stealing what is rightfully mine away from me. My husband doesn’t want to sleep with me anymore because of her.”
“Gina, you’re not being fair to Melania. The last thing she wanted to do was to come between Matt and you.”
“Well, she has. And now that he has moved out, she’s going to get him to sleep with her.”
“You’re wrong. Melania wouldn’t do that.”
“She’s got you all fooled. I want you to warn her to stay away from Matt, Joel. He’s still my husband and I’m going to fight tooth and nail to hang on to him and our marriage.”
“Why are you so threatened by Melania?”
“She wants Matt, Joel, can’t you see that?”
“Gina, there have been many women who were attracted to Matt too. Melania isn’t the only one.”
“But, she’s the only one who doesn’t have a problem throwing herself at him.”
“What’s the real reason that you hate her, Gina?”
“I’ve told you.”
“Is it because you’re afraid that Matt may be attracted to her too, unlike the other women?”
Gina stiffened. “Why do you ask that? Has he said something to you?”
“Look, I don’t want to get between you and him. You two need to sort this out.”
“He has said something to you. Did he tell you that he would rather sleep with her than with me, his own wife?”
“No, he said nothing of the sort. Why are you so bent out of shape about him and Melania? Is it because of hurt pride or do you love him?”
“Would you believe me if I said it was both?”
“Yes, I believe that your pride is hurt.”
“But you don’t believe that I love Matt?”
Rather than coming right out and saying no, instead, he asked, “When did you realize that you loved him? Was it when you feared that he might be developing feelings for Melania?”
Her face turned pale and she sprang to her feet. “Did he tell you that he’s developing feelings for her?” It was one thing for Matt to be sexually attracted to Melania but to have feelings for her too–that was too much.
Joel rose to his feet. “Look, I really don’t feel comfortable talking to you about Matt and how he may or may not feel about Melania. You need to take that up with him. The only thing I will say is that you should have loved him when you had the chance. Now, it may be too late.”
“It isn’t too late,” she retorted. “I’m not going to give up on Matt and our marriage, no matter what you or Kira say or what Melania tries to do.” She stalked out of the room.
Several minutes later, he heard the front door slam shut. He sighed heavily. That evening over dinner, he told Kira about Gina’s visit.
“I hate to say this but I think she would be fighting a losing battle,” Kira said. “Matt has made up his mind that their marriage is over and there’s no going back. I don’t know what she was thinking when she decided to keep the miscarriage from him.”
“She was hoping that she wouldn’t have to tell him about it if she succeeded in getting pregnant again.”
“That was downright devious of her. Poor Matt. He deserves so much better.”
“I agree. He deserves someone like Melania.”
“Yes, it obvious that they have strong feelings for each other.”
“Yes, they do. It’s too bad that she’s going to end up with a divorced man, though.”
“I know. Divorce isn’t a good thing but I can’t see Matt and Gina getting back together. I hope that when things have settled down that he will find happiness with Melania.”
“I hope so too but knowing Gina, things are going to get a lot uglier.”