Gina Visits Natalie

After leaving Matt’s place, instead of going home, Gina went straight over to Natalie’s and Graham’s house. Her cousin seemed surprised to see her. “I didn’t expect to see you until Tuesday.” she asked. “What brings you here tonight?”

“I had to talk to you. Are you alone?”

“Yes. Graham’s still at the hospital. This week he’s pulling the late shift. Would you like something to drink?”

“No, thanks.”

“All right. Let’s go into the living-room. You look like you’re bursting at the seams. Whatever you have to tell me, it must be very important.”

As soon as they were seated in the living-room, Gina told her, “You were right, Natalie. There was something between Tanner and Melania.”

Natalie stared at her. “What do you mean, Gina?”

“They were lovers when they were living in New York.”

“They were? How do you know that? Did Tanner tell you so?”

“No, but I found a photo of them together in the hot tub in his desk drawer at the office. He wasn’t there so, I wanted to write him a note and I went into the drawer to get some paper when I saw the photo.”

“They were in a hot tub?”

“Yes. The photo was a selfie. While he was taking it she was kissing him.”

“Wow. But that was years ago. She’s with Matt and you’re with Tanner.”

“That’s what they wanted everyone to think but at your cocktail party, they sneaked off to be together.”

“How do you know that they were together?”

“They were gone at the same time and for a while. When she came back, he returned shortly afterwards and I saw the expression on his face. He looked as if something had happened. All night, I caught her watching us, especially him. I could tell that she hated seeing us together. It was obvious that she was jealous. I confronted her about it in the washroom and even told her that you observed her watching Tanner and mentioned it to me, but she denied it, of course, saying that you were mistaken.”

“If what you’re telling me is true, poor Matt.”

“Matt knows.”

“What? But how–? Gina, what did you tell him?”

“I told him the truth, of course. I told him everything. I told him about the photo in the desk drawer and about the wallpaper of Melania on Tanner’s office computer.”

“Tanner has a wallpaper of Melania on his work computer?”

“Yes. It was a recent one too. It was taken in her apartment which meant that he was there.”

“And what did Matt say?”

“At first, he was accusing me of trying to malign her out of jealousy because of Tanner.”

“And weren’t you?”

“Weren’t I what?”

“Maligning her out of jealousy because Tanner still wants her.”

“I didn’t do it because I was jealous although, I can’t for the life of me understand why a sexy and exciting man like Tanner would want her when he has me.”

“But, you didn’t give him or me the impression that you wanted him.”

“Unlike Melania, I don’t throw myself at a man even if I’m interested in him.”

“What about Joel?”

Gina’s mouth tightened. “I didn’t throw myself at him and you know it.”

“All right. Why did you tell Matt about Tanner and Melania, Gina? Was it out of spite? Did you do it to hurt him? Or did you do it because you were jealous?”

“I did it because I felt that Matt had the right to know what a lying little hussy his girlfriend was. I told Matt that it was Tanner she wanted to be with, not him.”

“You told Matt that? Gina, how could you?”

“Why shouldn’t I tell him? Don’t you think he had a right to know that all the time she was with him, she had her eye on Tanner? I told him about them going off together while you and I were playing tennis at Bayview Village park.”

“They went for a walk, Gina.”

“That’s what they wanted us to think but they were gone for a long time, remember? Who knows what they were doing during that time. They could have been making out for all we know.” The thought angered her. “What does he see in her?”

“This is about Tanner,” Natalie exclaimed. “You hate that he wants her instead of you.”

“He wanted me until she threw herself at him, trying to rekindle their romance which had ended a long time ago. He probably got bored with her and dumped her.”

“Did it ever occur to you that she might be the reason why he moved to Canada?”

“You’re wrong. He moved here because of a job. I don’t think he knew that she was here until he saw her at Yorkdale.”

“Perhaps you’re right but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s still carrying a torch for her and you hate her for that. This time, it has nothing to do with Matt or the divorce. It’s all about Tanner and poor Matt is caught in the middle.”

“In time, Matt will get over her. And, Tanner will soon get bored of her and when he does, I’ll be there.”

“Don’t hold your breath where Tanner is concerned,” Natalie told her. “After what you’ve done, he won’t want to have anything more to do with you.”

“What have I done, except to make Matt aware that his little girlfriend is a liar and a cheat? He’s better off without her. And she doesn’t deserve a man like Tanner.”

“And you do?”

Gina glared at her. “What’s your problem?”

“I think what you did to Matt was cruel and unforgivable.”

Gina jumped to her feet. “I don’t care what you or anyone else think. I did what I had to do. The truth is never pleasant but it’s better than lies.”

“You shouldn’t have told Matt about Melania and Tanner.”

“You expected me to stand by and watch Melania make a fool of Matt?”

“You didn’t tell Matt about Tanner and her because you care about him, Gina. You did it to get back at Melania for taking Matt away from you.”

“She was to blame for the destruction of my marriage and the divorce.”

“She wasn’t to blame for what happened to your marriage. You’re to blame. If you hadn’t hidden your miscarriage from Matt and instead, tried to work on your relationship, he wouldn’t have left you. Stop blaming Melania for what happened between Matt and you.”

Gina glared at her. “So, you’re taking her side,” she muttered tightly. “Fine! I’m leaving. Don’t expect to see or hear from me again.” She stormed out of the living-room. Minutes later, the door slammed behind her, making Natalie almost jump out of her skin.

Natalie sat there on the sofa. Poor Matt. What Gina did to him was cruel and unfeeling, no matter what her reasoning was. Now, I wish I hadn’t told her that I had seen Tanner and Melania at Yorkdale or that I had caught Melania staring at Tanner at the party. If I’d kept my mouth shut, she wouldn’t have had the ammunition to go after Melania. I wonder if I should tell Tanner that it’s all my fault or maybe I should talk to Graham about it and see what he thinks. She resolved to tell Graham everything the next morning.

2 Replies to “Gina Visits Natalie”

  1. I agree with Natalie. Gina has a mean streak. However, Gina has reasons to be angry. Losing to men to one woman in a short space of time, is not something everyone can stomach. Gina has nothing to loose. Melanie does. Gina feels she has lost, so she did what she did. Losing hope sometimes, can make one do bad things. When you have hope that things will be better, you will do the right thing, even if it’s difficult.
    Gina needs therapy though. She needs to change her ways. There’s never a good reason to do a bad thing.

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    1. Yes, Gina has a mean streak and reasons to be angry. What a blow to lose two men to the woman she despises. I agree with you that Gina needs to change her ways and therapy. There is never an a good enough excuse for doing wrong, no matter how much you try to rationalize your actions. Gina needs to realize that.

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