Gina Visits Matt Again

“What are you doing here, Gina?” Matt asked her. “Cam’s with my parents today.”

“I know. I came to see you.”

“Come in.”

She went inside. He preceded her to the living-room. While he remained standing, she sat on the divan. “Did you hear about Tanner and Melania?”

“Yes, I heard that they’re engaged but I’m really not in the mood to talk about it.”

“We’re better off without them.”

“Are we?”

“Yes! I think they deserve each other. They were stringing us until they could hook up with each other again. And when, they did, they dumped us and didn’t waste any time getting engaged. Yes, they deserve each other. I wish them a lifetime of unhappiness and misery.”

“Unlike you, Gina, I wish them the best.”

“Still the same old Matt. You’re wishing them the best even after they’ve hurt you but, you treat me as if I’m your enemy.”

“You’re not my enemy, Gina. You’re the woman I fell in love and married even though I knew that you didn’t return my feelings. I married you believing–hoping that you would give over your infatuation for Joel and grow to love me but it didn’t happen. Instead, you weren’t a wife to me and you didn’t care that our marriage was in trouble or you would have agreed to go for marriage counseling. You lied to me about the miscarriage and then tried to get me to sleep with you so that you could get pregnant again.”

“Do we have to dredge up the past?”

“You’re right. There’s no point looking back now. What’s done is done.”

Gina thought about it for a moment and then, she rose to her feet. “Matt, I have very important something to tell you.”

“If it’s about Tanner or Melania, I don’t want to hear it.”

“It isn’t about either of them. It’s about Cameron.”

“What about Cam?”

She told him about leaving Cameron in the hot car. “It was a terrible mistake,” she concluded, her eyes wary as she looked at her ex-husband whose face was flushed with anger.

“Gina, how could you leave our son alone in the car like that?” he demanded. “What if your father hadn’t shown up? Haven’t you heard of children dying when left in hot cars? Cam could have died. How could you be so irresponsible?”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to endanger him. I-I thought I would be in and out of the store in a few minutes.  And I did leave the window rolled down.”

“It was the window in front on the passenger-side, not the one next to him and you yourself just said that it was a hot day and there wasn’t much of a breeze. All the more reason why you should have taken him inside the store with you instead of leaving him in the car. The poor kid. Thank God, your father was there. I swear, Gina, if anything had happened to Cam–“

“It didn’t. My father was there and he looked after him although I wish now that it had been someone else instead of him.”

“If it had been someone else, you would have been in trouble with the police and Child Welfare.”

“I know but I hate that my father was the one who found Cameron.”

“Why?”

“Because he has been holding it over my head.”

“What do you mean?”

“He knew that I hadn’t told you about it and that if you found out, I would lose custody of Cameron. So, first, he threatened to tell you if I didn’t give you the divorce. Then, he decided that because of what I had done, Cameron would be better off with you, so I made me give you full custody. Yes, Matt, my own father was blackmailing me.”

“I can’t believe it.”

“It’s the truth. That man whom you like and respect so much is a rotten, no good, poor excuse for a father. I hate him more than I hate Melania.”

“Gina, you shouldn’t say that. He’s your father.”

“I wish he wasn’t. He was never a father to me. If I were a boy, he would love me but to his great disappointment, I was born a girl. And if our second child had been a girl, he probably wouldn’t fuss over her as much as he fusses over Cameron. I hate him and I want nothing to do with him. When he threatens me again about telling you about what happened to Cameron, I will laugh in his miserable face and tell him that I told you. And now, he won’t have anything to hold over me.”

“I can’t believe your father would do something like that.”

“Well, believe it.”

“I couldn’t understand why you had changed your mind about the divorce or why you suddenly decided to give me full custody of Cam but now it all makes sense. You were coerced into making these decisions, Gina.”

“I blamed Melania for our divorce but it was really my fault. If I had been a better wife, things would not have deteriorated between us and it was my selfish pride which made me refuse to go with you for counseling. If I had done that, we probably would still be together. Melania wouldn’t have gotten her claws in you and I wouldn’t have lied to you about the miscarriage. There’s one more thing I need to tell you and that is I was going to get my tubes tied after we had the second child. I didn’t want us to have any more children because I resented you.”

“You resented me? Why?”

“Because you weren’t Joel. I know that sounds awful now but that was how I felt then. A part of me felt guilty because you were such a good husband to me. You deserved much better than what you were getting.”

Tired of standing, Matt sat down on the carpet. “Why are you telling me all of this now, Gina? Attack of conscience?”

“I didn’t want there to be anymore lies and secrets between us. I know that I can never come close to being as good and decent as Kira but I can try to change and become the best me.”

“They say that a leopard can’t change its spots and that’s true but I believe that people can change if they really want to.”

“I believe so too. How are Kira and the baby doing?”

“They’re doing very well.”

“Do you think she would mind if I stopped by for a visit? I’d love to see little Matthew.”

“I’m sure Kira would like that. Cam and I are going over there tomorrow afternoon, you can come with us if you like.”

Gina nodded. “Yes, I’d like that.”

“You can come by here and then, we’ll take my car.”

“All right. Well, I’d better be going.”

He followed her to the door and after saying their goodbyes, she left and he returned to the living-room. Tomorrow when Cam, Gina and he showed up at their condo together, he could just imagine how surprised Joel and Kira would be.

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