The Third Wheel

Livia watched Darren and his girlfriend, Judi. It felt like someone had plunged a knife into her heart and was twisting it round and round. Agitated, she got up and walked over to the bar. She slid onto the stool and ordered a virgin Pena Colada. She sat with her back turned to the couple …

The Next Door Neighbor

"I didn't know that you had a cat." "Yes, her name is Anya. I adopted her last year from the Feline Good Social Club." "The Feline Good Social Club? I never even knew such a place existed." "I'm thankful that it does. I understand that you and your wife will be spending Christmas in Rome." …

The Sauna

In the background soft, pulsating music was playing and rising in the semi-darkness was the soulful voice of a woman singing, "Ima tell ya how much I want ya, how much I need ya, how much I love ya..." Reyan had booked a private sauna for them. She had never been to one of these …

Dumping Jillian

"I'm sorry, Jillian, but it's over between us." "But, why?" "I don't love you." I guess I should have made this one of those carpeted confessions, you know soften the blow a bit. "How could you say that you don't love me, Jozsef? We've been together for four years. Everyone thought that we would get …

Dinner With Darren

Livia and Darren were having dinner at an Indian restaurant. The ambiance was friendly and cozy. She wondered what Simone would say if she knew that she was having dinner with Darren. It was Simone who told her that she wasn't his type. Don't read more into this dinner, she chided herself. Just relax and …

Where to Spend Christmas

"What made you change your mind about having sex on the Sabbath?" Joel asked her one Sunday afternoon. "I prayed about it." She didn't tell him that she had asked her co-worker, Diana for advice. He would have a problem with her sharing something so personal with another person. "Is it going to be a …

Old Neighbors

It was a Sunday and Livia was in the shopping mall, sitting on one of the benches, watching the shoppers when she spotted Darren. They were old neighbors. They went to the same schools and university. She had always had feelings for him but she remembered how a mutual friend once told her, "Forget about …

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