Thao Asks Linh for a Divorce

Linh made her way in the garden to where Thao was waiting for her. When he came home for work earlier that evening, he asked her to meet him in the garden after dinner. When she saw the expression on his face, she knew that it wasn’t for a romantic rendezvous or anything of the sort.

As she sat there at the table, having Bò Kho (Beef Stew), she wondered why he wanted them to meet in the garden instead of in the study or out on the terrace or in the living-room. Maybe he didn’t want the housekeeper to overhear. She was probably nosy.

After he finished the Chè Chuối (Banana Tapioca) which was for dessert, he excused himself and left the table. Linh lingered over hers before she finished it. She got up from the table and walked out of the dining-room. After brushing her teeth and reapplying her lipstick, she hurried down the stairs and slipped out into the garden. It was a beautiful, balmy night. There was no moon but she could see the stars.

Thao was waiting for her. Again, when she saw the expression on his face, she knew that something was up. “Why did you want us to meet here instead of in the house?” she asked. “Are you concerned that your maid might eavesdrop?”

“Marguerite doesn’t eavesdrop,” he replied sharply.

“She seems nosy to me. Why don’t you get rid of her–?”

“I didn’t ask you out here to talk about Marguerite.”

“Why did you ask me out here then? It’s a beautiful night. Why don’t we sit on the bench over there where the flowers are?”

“Right here is fine.”

“All right. What’s on your mind, Thao?”

Where they were standing, he could see her face clearly. “What was the result of your pregnancy test?”

She started. How on earth did he know–? That wretched girl told him.

“What was the result, Linh? And I want the truth.”

“It–it was negative.”

Relief washed over him. “It was negative.”

“Yes.”

“I thought you were going to lie and say that it was positive.”

“I know you, Thao. If I had done that you would have taken me to your doctor to be examined.”

“That’s right, Linh. I’ve heard horror stories of women lying about being pregnant to trap men.”

“I’m not pregnant, this time but–“

“There won’t be a next time.”

“What do you mean?”

“I want a divorce, Linh.”

The color left her face. “You can’t be serious.”

“I’m very serious. I want a divorce.”

“But why?”

“I don’t love you.”

“You used to.”

“I was attracted to you and I cared for you but I was never in love with you.”

“But, I love you, Thao.”

“I’m sorry, Linh but I don’t love you.”

“I was planning to move here to Seattle just to be with you.”

“It would have made sense for you to do that if you were pregnant but you’re not.”

“I can’t believe this,” she mumbled. It was true, she couldn’t believe this was happening. She couldn’t believe that her husband had just told her that he had never loved her and that he wanted a divorce. Tears welled in her eyes as she looked at him. “Is there another woman?” she demanded. “Is that why you’re asking me for a divorce now?”

He thought of denying it but he couldn’t. “Yes,” he said quietly.

“Who is she, Thao?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“It matters to me.”

“I’m not going to tell you.”

She glared at him. “I’ll find out, you wait and see. And when I do, God help her.” With those parting words, she turned and ran off, almost stumbling.

Thao watched her go. He had refused to tell her that Marguerite was the other woman because it would make an already volatile situation ten times worse. It was best to wait until the divorce was finalized first before making his relationship with Marguerite public. He tried not to worry about Linh finding out somehow. In a few days, she would be returning to Da Nang. Until then, he and Marguerite would continue to stay away from each other.

Instead of going back inside the house, he sat down. It was nice and peaceful out there. The only sound was the leaves rustling in the breeze. If only his life could be this tranquil…

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