When I threatened to leave you, I was expecting some kind of response, not silence.
This is for the Weekend Writing Prompt by Sammi Cox. For instructions, click HERE.
When I threatened to leave you, I was expecting some kind of response, not silence.
This is for the Weekend Writing Prompt by Sammi Cox. For instructions, click HERE.
It was her friend Zoe’s engagement party and it was being held at Lord’s The Home of Cricket. It was a beautiful venue. Dinner was to be held in the elegantly furnished and intimate Writing Room. On the walls hung paintings of cricketing scenes such as an imaginary game between England and Australia watched by high society ladies and gentlemen. From there one could see the views of the Ground from the north end of the Pavilion. However, neither of these things held her interest. All she could see was him.
She stood against the wall watching him now. He was talking to a couple. She had noticed him the moment he walked in. He was easily the most handsome man in the entire room. Tall, slender with thick black hair dressed in an expensive looking black suit, white shirt and black tie, he looked very stylish. He probably wouldn’t even notice me, she thought.
Just then, he looked up and their eyes met. Her heart skipped a beat. She wanted to look away but couldn’t. She saw him say something to the couple and then he was walking toward her. By now her heart was pounding heavily and her breath quickened. As he approached she saw his eyes travel over her. She was wearing a red ankle length dress which flattered her with red strappy low heel sandals and her hair was swept up in a pile of curls on top of her head.
He was standing in front of her now and this close he was even more striking. He had exquisite brown eyes which were riveted on her face. “Hello,” he said, holding out his hand. “I’m Cole.”
She put her hand in his and his fingers enclosed hers in a warm handshake. “Stephanie.”
“Are you here alone?” he asked. He was staring at her and she could see the admiration in his eyes.
She nodded. “Yes.”
“Are you Gary’s friend or Zoe’s?”
“Zoe’s. She and I have been the best of friends since we attended university together. I’m her maid of honor.”
“I’m her uncle.” He smiled when he saw her surprised look. “I get the same reaction from other people.”
He looked rather young to be Zoe’s uncle. He was most likely in his late thirties which meant that he was a child himself when she was born. All of her uncles were old enough to be her father. She wondered what Zoe would say if she knew that she was attracted to hers. Right now she was captivated by him. “Zoe mentioned that you’re giving her away.”
“Yes. Her father, my older brother died two years ago.”
“It’s a pity that he couldn’t be here. Zoe has told me so much about him. They seemed very close.”
“Yes, they were. You’re very beautiful,” he said suddenly, startling her. His expression was serious.
She swallowed hard, her eyes wide as they met his. His thumb was caressing the back of her hand causing all sorts of tingling sensations in her. “Th-thank you,” she managed to say.
“I see you’ve met my dear Uncle Cole,” Zoe’s voice said over his shoulder and he released Stephanie’s hand.
They turned to the smiling redhead who looked radiant in her gold lace maxi dress. “I was going to introduce you but I see you have beaten me to it. Isn’t he handsome?” she asked Stephanie, with a twinkle in my eyes. “I think all of my girlfriends had a crush on him.”
“You’re exaggerating as usual,” Cole said to her. “Are you having a good time?”
“I’m having a wonderful time, thanks to you and Mother. They took care of all the arrangements,” she explained to Stephanie.
“It’s a wonderful venue,” Stephanie agreed. “After dinner I would like to take a walk in the grounds.” Cole glanced at her when she said that.
“Well, now it’s time to have dinner,” Zoe said. “The two of you are sitting at my table.” She slipped an arm in each of theirs and walked with them to the Writing Room. Stephanie sat between Cole and Zoe. Dinner was superb. Afterwards there was dancing. Stephanie watched as Zoe and Gary danced, thinking how romantic they looked. Then, she felt a hand on her shoulder and turned around. It was Cole. He bent down and said in her ear, “Do you still want to take a walk on the grounds?” She nodded. He straightened up and she got up from the table.
It was a warm evening and still bright. Cole took her first to the cricket ground where the stands were and then to see the W.G Grace Statue. “Who’s this?” she asked marveling at the sculpture.
“It’s W.G. Grace. He was an English amateur cricketer who was important in the development of cricket. He is considered to be one of the sport’s greatest players. He played first class cricket for a 44 seasons. He came from a family of cricketers.”
“Does it look like him?”
“Yes, it’s a remarkable likeness.”
“Are you a cricket fan?”
He shook his head. “No. I’m more partial to soccer and rugby. My father, however, was a cricket player and was a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club, owner of the Lord’s Ground.”
“It’s really nice out here,” she said. “Do you mind if we sit for a bit on one of the benches over there?” To be honest, she wanted to rest her feet for a bit. They were starting to feel sore because of the heels. She was not used to doing a lot of walking in them and they were still fairly new.
“Not at all,” he said and they went over to one of the benches and sat down. She was facing forward while he was turned towards her with his arm resting along the back of the bench. “You know, it feels strange being alone with you like this,” he commented after a moment of silence passed.
She turned to look at him. “What do you mean?” she asked. She enjoyed being here alone with him and wished that they could stay there for a long time.
“I’m at least ten years older than you. I’m deeply attracted to you and you’re my niece’s friend.”
Her pulse began to race. “I’m twenty-six,” she said. “How old are you?”
“Thirty-nine. I will be forty in September.”
“There’s not that much of an age difference between us,” she said.
“It feels strange being attracted to a girl who’s the same age as my niece.”
She got up and looking down at him, she told him, “I’m not a girl. I’m a woman and I know what I want.” She saw his expression darken and then, he was up on his feet and pulling her roughly against him.
“And I know what I want,” he muttered before he kissed her passionately, his lips almost devouring hers. And her arms went up and encircled his neck. She pressed closer against him as she responded to the onslaught of his kisses.
There they stood for a long while exchanging hungry kisses before he raised his head to gaze down at her, breathing heavily, his eyes dark and stormy and his face flushed. “We’d better go back before they start to wonder where we are,” he said.
Fighting to catch her breath, she could only nod and he released her. On trembling legs she walked back to the party with him. Before they went inside, he paused to look at her. “When can I see you again?” he asked huskily.
“Any time you want,” she said. How she longed to kiss him again.
“Good,” he said with a slight smile before he reached out and caressed her cheek with his knuckles. Before they parted company, she wrote down her phone number and address on the back of his business card and gave it to him. He thanked her as he put it in his breast pocket. He joined his mother and other guests while she joined Zoe and their other friends.
It was after mid-night when she left the party. She got a ride home with a friend. Before she left, she went over to Cole and said goodnight to him, his mother and the people with them. She tried to be discreet where he was concerned and so she could only afford to give him a brief glance before walking away. He watched her go, his expression drawn and a muscle throbbing along his jaw-line.
Weeks passed and she didn’t hear from him. By the third week she was heartbroken. Zoe kept asking her what was wrong when they met to fit on the dresses for the wedding but she assured her that she was fine. She didn’t want to upset her friend. Why hasn’t he gotten in touch with me? The wedding was in two weeks. What was she going to do when she saw him then? Act as if nothing had happened between them? Act as if everything was all right when her heart was breaking? How she ached for him. She spent sleepless nights, thinking about him and wondering why he hadn’t called or visited her.
It was the night before the wedding and she was feeling terrible. How she wished she didn’t have to go but how could she not? Zoe was counting on her being there as her friend and as her maid of honor. She couldn’t let her down. But how was she going to face Cole? What if he showed up with a date? That would be devastating, to say the least. She wouldn’t be able to hide her distress and everyone would know that she was in love with him.
She got up from the sofa and went over to the window to look at the flickering lights of London. He was out there somewhere, she thought. Was he alone or was he with a woman? She closed her eyes as fierce jealousy tore through her. She pressed her head against the cool window pane as the tears ran down her cheeks.
Her eyes flew open when she heard the doorbell. She moved away from the window, wiping her eyes in her tee shirt. She looked through the keyhole and her breath caught in her throat. She quickly pulled back the latch and tugged open the door, her eyes eagerly slipping over Cole’s tall frame. He was wearing a navy blue suit and a checkered shirt. Unable to help herself, she reached out and pulled him inside. She closed the door, locked it and leaned against it, her chest heaving.
He turned to stare at her, his expression drawn. “I couldn’t stay away,” he muttered thickly. “I tried to but I just couldn’t stay away from you.”
“But, why did you want to stay away from me?” she asked, bewildered. “I thought you wanted to see me again. You said so at the engagement party.”
“Yes, I wanted to see you again so badly but our age difference kept bothering me.”
“I don’t care about the age difference,” she told him angrily. “I want to be with you, Cole. And I know that you want to me with me. That’s why you’re here now. Have you any idea how miserable I’ve been these past weeks, wondering why I haven’t heard from you?”
“Many times, I wanted to call you or stop by but I managed to convince myself it would be better if I didn’t get in touch.”
“Better for whom?” she was beside herself now. The emotions were just pouring out now and the hot tears were spilling down her cheeks. She was angry at him and she began to pummel at his chest. “How could breaking my heart be better for me?”
His eyes darkened and his eyes were filled with pain. “I’m sorry,” he said as he caught her fists and held them firmly. “I’m so sorry. Please forgive me, Stephanie. Please forgive me for being such a fool.”
She calmed down and he released her hands which fell at her sides. He reached up and cupped her face, his thumbs wiping away the tears. Her eyes met his and the emotion in them made him groan. He lowered his head and kissed her. Moaning, she closed her eyes and kissed him back, her arms wrapping themselves tightly about his waist.
After several minutes, he broke off the kiss to look into her eyes. “I love you,” he muttered huskily. “I love you so much.”
Fresh tears sprang to her eyes. “I love you too,” she whispered.
“Will you go to the wedding with me tomorrow?” he asked.
“Yes, I would love to but everyone will know that you and I…”
“I don’t care,” he declared. “They will find out soon enough.”
“What about Zoe?”
“It may take some time but she’ll get used to her uncle dating her best friend. Do you have any more objections?”
She shook her head.
“Good,” he murmured before he kissed her again.
Her heart was racing. She hoped she looked presentable in her V-neck floral knee length summer dress and the pair of wedges which she thought looked better than the pumps she had considered wearing. To complete the look, she wore the lovely olive leaf pendant which Paolo had given her for her birthday.
“Mama, incontrare Roxane, il mio fidanzato,” Paolo announced as he presented Roxane before his mother who was sitting on an expensive looking sofa backing an antique grandfather clock with two small tables on either side on which sat figurines and decorative vases with flowers in them and oil paintings above them. It was a beautiful room but she didn’t have time to admire it. She was standing in front of the woman who was soon to be her mother-in-law and a mighty sense of foreboding came over her. It was as if her happiness depended upon this meeting.
A pair of dark brown eyes stared up at her. There was no warmth or welcome in her expression. She just looked Roxane over and then she turned to Paolo and said, “Voglio parlare con te solo.”
Paolo’s expression was grim when he turned to Roxane. “Would you excuse us, darling? My mother wishes to have a word with me.”
She nodded and after glancing at his mother whose eyes were still on Paolo, she turned and quickly left the room. There was an accent chair where she sat down. It faced the door of the room she had just left.
She sat there on edge, her heart racing as she heard the voices in the next room. She knew that they were talking about her. She was the reason why they were in Milan where his mother and sister lived. They were there to meet them. Paolo’s sister Annabella had driven them over to the house. Annabella was very warm and friendly. Roxane felt better after having met her, however, when they were alone, Annabella used that as an opportunity to warn her not to get her hopes up about her mother accepting her.
“I’m not sure if Paolo told you this but when he was in his twenties, he was engaged to a girl named Gianna. He brought her here to meet Mama but Mama refused to approve the match and the engagement was broken off.”
Alarmed, she asked, “Why didn’t your mother approve of her?”
“She was Sicilian. Mama thinks all Sicilians are involved with the Mafia. I know it sounds foolish but that was her reason.”
“What if she doesn’t approve of me, will Paolo break off our engagement too?”
Annabella shook her head. “I don’t think so. He loves you.”
“But didn’t he love Gianna too?”
“It was more of an infatuation. It would have fizzled out even if Mama had approved of her.”
“Annabella, I’m so nervous and afraid.”
Annabella smiled and squeezed her hand. “No matter what happens, Paolo loves you and he will marry you.”
At the time Roxane was grateful for the warning but now she was filled with trepidation. She loved Paolo and was afraid of losing him. It was clear from their encounter just now that his mother didn’t approve of her. She had looked her over and didn’t like what she saw. There was no smile or greeting–nothing but a critical look. This was the second time his mother disapproved of the woman he wanted to marry. Will the outcome be the same?
“è troppo scura!” his mother sounded angry.
Paolo said something which she couldn’t make out.
“Aspettare e sposare una ragazza italiana che non è siciliana,” his mother retorted.
“Mama, Io vado a sposare Roxane perché l’amo e non importa quello che dici.”
Shortly afterwards, the door was flung open and Paolo strode out of the room, his expression thunderous. He strode over to Roxane and muttered, “Let’s go. Our business here is over.”
Roxane got to her feet and grabbing her hand he hurried from the room. He looked so angry that she daren’t say anything at the moment. Annabella was in the courtyard when they came out of the house. From the expression on her brother’s face, she could tell that things had not gone well. Like Roxane, she didn’t ask any questions. Instead, she said, “I’ll drive you back to the hotel.”
Paolo got into the back of the car with Roxane and he held her hand as they sat there not saying anything. Annabella turned on the radio breaking the silence with news and music.
When they arrived at the hotel, she got out of the car and hugged them both. “Roxane, it was really nice meeting you. I hope to see you again very soon. Paolo, I’m sorry things didn’t go as you hoped but I hope that it wouldn’t spoil the rest of your trip. Call me if you need anything.”
He nodded with a smile and then she was gone. He put his arm around Roxane’s shoulders as they walked through the lobby and headed upstairs to their suite. Once they were alone, he took her over the sofa and they sat down. “You must know by now that my mother doesn’t approve of you,” he said. “Her reason was that you are too dark.”
Roxane lowered her eyes so that he wouldn’t see the hurt in them. All her life she had been conscious of her dark color even among her own relatives. They were surprised that a man like Paolo would be attracted to her let alone want to marry her. “What did you say to that?”
“I told her that when I look at you, I don’t see a woman who is too dark but a beautiful woman with lovely dark skin. The first time I saw you I couldn’t get over how exquisite you were.” He bent his head then and kissed her on the side of her neck.
“What else did she say?” she asked, breathless, her skin tingling from where his lips had been. She looked at him then.
“She said that I should wait and marry an Italian girl who is not Sicilian.”
“Annabella told me about Gianna. Did you love her?”
He shook his head. “I was infatuated with her but no, I wasn’t in love with her.”
“So, what did you tell your mother after she told you to wait and marry someone else?”
“I told her that I am going to marry you because I love you and it doesn’t matter what she says.”
“So, you are going against her wishes?”
“Yes. My mother’s wishes are irrelevant. I’m a grown man, Roxane. I know what I want and I want you. I want to marry you.
Putting her arms around his neck, she kissed him and he responded passionately. A moment later, he raised his head to gaze at her, his eyes dark and smoldering. “I love you so much,” he murmured huskily.
“I love you too.”
“Let’s get married here in Milan,” he said.
She drew back slightly to look at him, her eyes wide. “Get married here in Milan?” she exclaimed.
He nodded. “Yes. We’ll invite just Annabella and a few friends.”
The thought of getting married here in Milan never once occurred to her but she liked it. “Yes, let’s do it.”
“I’ll call Annabella later and ask her to make the arrangements. I’m sure she will be thrilled.”
“Not as thrilled as I am at the moment,” she said before she kissed him.
Three days later their wedding day arrived bright and sunny and without any hitch. They got married in the same church where Paolo was christened. Afterwards, they were whisked off to a friend’s villa where the reception was held. Everything was wonderful—the decorations, the food, the music. Everyone had a great time. Noticeably missing was Paolo’s mother but that didn’t dampen his spirits. He didn’t expect her to come even though he had invited her at Roxane’s suggestion. In spite of how his mother felt about her, she still felt that she should at least be invited to the wedding and it was up to her to accept or refuse the invitation.
“You look absolutely beautiful,” he told Roxane as he took in his arms for their first dance.
She was wearing an elegant off the shoulder wedding gown which she was fortunate to find and purchase at such short notice. Annabella had gone to the bridal shop with her one morning and the moment she saw the dress, she knew it was the one. She tried it on and it was a perfect fit.
She smiled now at Paolo who looked very handsome in his tuxedo. “You don’t look so bad yourself,” she teased. She turned her head and looked at her hand resting on his chest so that he wouldn’t see the tears in her eyes. She was so happy. They had a perfect day for their wedding and tonight was simply magical. His mother’s absence hadn’t spoiled it for her. She wished, though, her parents could have been there.
He rested his forehead against hers. “I’m sorry that your parents couldn’t be here,” he said as if reading her thoughts.
“Me too,” she said. “But, I’m not sorry that we got married here instead of in London as we had planned. I loved the church and this villa is amazing. And we get to have our honeymoon here too. I couldn’t be happier.”
He smiled. “I’m relieved to hear that. I want to make you as happy as you have made me.”
She looked at him then, her eyes shining with tears. “You have made me extremely happy, Paolo, more than you can ever imagine.”
He lowered his head and kissed her as they swayed to the music.
It was summer and Diane was spending it in Surrey with Maggie, her friend from university. Maggie’s parents had gone to Florida for their vacation but her brother, Rupert remained at the mansion. The first time Diane and he met, it was quite by accident.
It was on the morning after she arrived from London. She was trying to find the drawing-room but found herself in the library. Forgetting her dilemma at the moment, she walked over to the shelves of books, her eyes traveling over the thick volumes, textbooks, Encyclopedias and literature. Her eyes spotted a collection of writings by Jane Austen. She was about to pull it out when she became aware that someone else was in the room. She turned.
It was Rupert. “I don’t believe I know you,” he said, quickly closing the distance between them. He stopped a short distance from her, his green eyes searching her face, his expression quizzical.
For a moment she was distracted by his looks. Tall, slender, thick dark hair with a few strands falling across his forehead. He was incredibly handsome. He was dressed casually in a white shirt and grey slacks. “I’m Diane, Maggie’s friend from university.” She held out her hand and it was clasped in a firm grip. “It’s good to meet you, Rupert. Maggie has told me so much about you.”
He released her hand but his eyes stayed on her face. “She did mention that she was bringing a friend to spend the summer holidays here.”
She glanced around the room. “You have a very fine library here,” she commented. “I was on my way to the drawing-room but ended up here instead. I’m glad I did. I was looking at the books when you came in. I saw several that I would like to read. I hope you don’t mind me being here.”
He turned away then. “You are free to come in here whenever you like,” he said. “This is the time when I usually come to catch up on my reading. To get to the drawing-room, just turn right and it’s at the end of the hallway.”
He went over to one of the book shelves and took down a large book and walking over to the armchair, he sat down. He opened the book, signaling that their conversation was over. She turned and walked out of the room, thinking to herself that he and Maggie were as different as night and day. That was several weeks ago. Since then, they hadn’t interacted much and when they did it seemed stilted.
On Saturday evening she and Maggie were standing in the circular driveway, waiting for a taxi when the front door opened and Rupert stepped out. He paused when he saw them. “Diane and I are going to the theater with Andrew and William,” Maggie informed him. “We are going for dinner afterwards.”
Rupert stiffened, his gaze shifted to Diane. “I hope you enjoy your date,” he said coldly. “I too have an engagement. Good evening.” He strode off, his back straight as a rod. A couple of minutes later, his Rolls-Royce drove past them.
Diane watched the car until it was out of sight, her heart heavy. She wondered whom he had an engagement with. Was it Ava? Ava was the beautiful blonde she had seen at the mansion with Rupert a few times. Maggie had assured her that they were just friends. Still, the thought of him going out with Ava now filled her with pain and jealousy.
Of course, she didn’t enjoy the theater or dinner. All she could think about was Rupert and how he looked when Maggie told him about their double date. On the ride home, Diane hardly said a word. A couple of times, Maggie asked her what was wrong but she told her that she was tired. She left Maggie in the drawing-room and headed for her room. She was at the foot of the stairs when she heard the key turn in the lock. It was Rupert. She waited and her heart somersaulted when she saw him. He opened the door and stepped into the foyer. He didn’t noticed her until he closed the door and turned.
He stiffened. She saw his eyes travel over her this time as she stood there in her simple, strapless dress in the becoming shade of cherry. It accentuated her color and shape. Her hair was pulled back at the nape with a clasp and several loose strands framed her face. “Did you enjoy your date?” he asked, his expression darkening. “Which one was he?”
“Did you enjoy William’s company? Are you going to see him again?”
She wanted to tell him that she didn’t enjoy herself at all and that she had no intention of seeing William or any other man for that matter. She wanted to tell him that he was the man she wanted to be with. Taking a step toward him, she began, “Rupert…” but he interrupted her.
“It’s of no concern to me. Good night.” And he walked past her. She turned and ran up the stairs, anxious to get to her room before she dissolved into tears.
This morning, she got up after tossing and turning. It looked beautiful outside. After a quick shower and light breakfast, she went outside for a walk. She headed to her favorite spot, away from the mansion, where it was quiet. She needed to clear her head.
She came to an abrupt stop when she saw Rupert standing a few feet away from her, staring off into the distance. The sunlight glinted on his dark hair and the light blue shirt complimented his olive skin. He looked so regal, so autocratic and so…She started when she realized that he was looking at her. She had no choice but to continue heading in that direction. She felt as if she were intruding.
“Good morning, Rupert.” She attempted a smile but it wavered then disappeared altogether when he remained aloof.
His eyes flickered over her. “Good morning,” he replied in a clipped voice, turning his head away.
“It’s a beautiful morning,” she commented. He was wearing a pair of dark blue jeans, something she had never thought she would see. They looked great on him.
He noticed her looking at him and his eyes darkened. There was a moment of silence for several minutes as their eyes were locked in a gaze. “Are you going to see him again?” he asked suddenly, startling her.
“Your date from last night. Are you going to see him again?”
“No,” she mumbled, confused by his question and the anger she heard in his voice. “I don’t plan to.”
“Why not?” he asked. “Maggie’s seeing his friend this evening. I thought that you and he would be joining them.”
“William’s a nice man but I’m not interested in him. I’m happy for Maggie, though. She’s really into Andrew.”
“Why did you go out with William if you weren’t interested in him?”
“It was Maggie’s idea. She wanted to make it a double date.”
“Last night I asked you if you enjoyed his company and if you planned to see him again. You were about to answer but I didn’t give you a chance to do so. I was afraid that you were going to tell me that it was none of my business so I saved you the trouble. What were you going to say?”
“I was going to tell you that I didn’t enjoy myself at all.”
Her courage was beginning to fade but she couldn’t allow that to stop her. She had to level with him. It was now or never. “I didn’t because I was thinking about you.”
He looked surprised. “You were thinking about me?”
“Yes and feeling miserable because I know you don’t like me.”
Now his expression was incredulous. “Not like you?” he muttered. “You think I don’t like you?”
“Yes, because you are always so cold towards me. Even just now, you didn’t seem at all pleased to see me and I felt as though I were intruding.”
He released his breath in an unsteady sigh. “Oh, Diane,” he cried, his eyes darkening on her face as he raked his fingers through his hair. “You have no idea of how I really feel about you, do you? Let me give you an idea. The first time we met, I was blown away. I couldn’t get over how stunning you were. I was so besotted with you, it scared me. So, I reacted by dismissing you on the pretext that I wanted to read.
“After you left, I closed the book and sat there for a long time, just thinking about you. In spite of myself, my feelings for you grew and that evening when Maggie told me about your date, I was livid. I acted as if I didn’t care but I was mad with jealousy. I couldn’t bear the thought of you with someone else. I mentioned that I had an engagement too. That wasn’t true. I didn’t have any plans but pride made me say that I did. I ended up going to the movies which was a waste of time and money. I was just sitting there in the dark theater, thinking about you with him.”
“I thought you were with Ava,” she confessed. “And that’s why I was miserable all evening.”
“Ava is just a friend. She was there for me when I went through a really tough time after I broke up with my ex. I will tell you about it some other time but it’s what made me indisposed to having another relationship. And when I met you and you aroused feelings in me that I thought had died, I got scared. I didn’t want to fall in love again—not after I got burned the last time I did. So, I tried to fight my feelings for you but it was no use. For the second time in my life, I have fallen in love and this time, I have fallen hard. I think that’s what scared me. My feelings for my ex pale in comparison to my feelings for you.”
“I’m so sorry that you got hurt,” she said. “but, I promise you that you don’t have worry about me. I will never hurt you. I love you so much, Rupert.” She reached up and touched his face, her heart in her eyes as they met his.
“Oh, Diane,” he groaned, pulling her into his arms. His head swooped down and he kissed her. Then, he buried his face in her hair. “I love you so very much.” He held her tightly as if he were afraid to let her go.
She whispered, “I’m not going anywhere, my love.”
It was hard to believe that
this was the same man she
married. They had started
off so strong. They were told
that they were too young to
get married but they believed
that they were ready. Their
love was strong enough to
weather any storms that
would appear on the
horizon. Or so she thought.
Then the honeymoon was
over and the troubles began.
First there were little dis-
agreements here and there
then they evolved into
bitter quarrels which ended
in stony silence. They made
up after a while but the
damage had been done.
The love they once felt
for each other no longer
inhabited their hearts.
It was time to call it
quits. The love had gone
and bitterness had taken
There was no hope of reconciliation.
Divorce was the only course
of action. How she hated to
admit that everyone was
right. The signs had been
there before they got married
but she had ignored them.
Now, she was paying dearly
for her mistake.
She filed for the divorce.
How she hated divorce.
It was like a stain upon
her life. At age twenty-five,
she was a divorced woman.
How sad. How degrading.
She was the first member
in her family to be divorced
a distinction she would have
gladly not have borne.
Now she must return to the
single life. Single life as a
divorced woman. What a
frightening thought. She
packed her bags and stood
on the threshold, the open
door leading to a life, a future
without him. She would
face what was out there
and this time, she would let
wisdom guide her.
Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom – Proverbs 4:7