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Three is a crowd: Finally, Diane bends it like Beckham!

(Continued from last issue)

David and Diane have been married for years; then there is Julie, the young secretary whose axis collides with the couple’s in ways none of them saw coming.

JULIE

Even after David and his wife had moved on, I was still in a state of such shock that it took Kenneth literally tugging on my arm to get me to resume our walk into the lounge, and even then, I did so wordlessly, my mind spinning too fast for me to talk.

It was not until we had sat down at a table close to the play-area, and a waitress came to take our orders that I finally found my voice again.                                                                                      

After she had left, Kenneth turned to me: “I know it was quite the shock running into David here; trust me, it was a shock for me too, but don’t you think your reaction is a bit too extreme? I mean you have literally gone pale and still trembling,” he remarked, a slight, irritated edge to his voice.

“Extreme? Are you kidding me! Do you have any idea of what he could do to me over this?” I demanded, furious that he was being so flippant and casual, while I was teetering on the edge of a nervous breakdown. 

“You think he could actually get violent?” he asked darkly, suddenly serious, like the thought had just occured to him. 

“Probably, but that is the least of my concerns; have you considered that he could throw me out of the apartment? That he could cut me off and never send me another shilling?”

“He wouldn’t do that; no matter how mad he is, Junior is still his son, and even though I don’t exactly like the guy, I don’t think he would cut him off – at least not financially,” he reasoned.                                                                                                                                    
“Even if he doesn’t, like I’ve always said, it’s not just Junior that he takes care of,” I reminded him dryly.  

“And that’s what is really bothering you, isn’t it? Not that he wouldn’t take care of Junior, but that he would turn the tap off for everything else, right?”

I could not believe he had actually said what he had just said, and standing up, I took Junior from him.

“You know what? You had better cancel the order and just take me back; I’ve lost my appetite,” I answered coldly, and without waiting for his response, turned and stalked out.

DIANE

I guess it really is true what they say about God working in mysterious ways; after all my struggles and plans on how to get David to find out the truth about his little whore and the doctor, He had done it for me.

David could hardly deny what he had seen with his own eyes, and I knew that this would finally mark the end of his affair, for knowing him for as long as I did, I knew he was a proud man and there was no way he would stoop to sharing a woman, or tolerate infidelity – especially not from someone he was funding.                                                                                                   

That whore might not even realize it, but she had just dug her own grave, and handed me back my husband on a silver platter. Furthermore, while she had put me through hell and back, and I hated her with every fiber of my being, I would not want to be her when David next saw her.

He had maintained a stony silence throughout the drive back home, and once we got there, had marched up to our room, slamming the door behind him and remaining there for the next few hours as if it was my fault his whore had cheated on him.

However, even that could not dampen my mood; he could sulk and rage and throw a tantrum if he liked. Once he had gotten it out of his system, I would have my husband back and that was all that mattered.                                                                     

True, he would no doubt continue to send her money for their bastard for that was just the sort of man he was, and that would always remain a sore point between us, but at least whatever feelings he had had for her – or thought he had had for her – were dead, and never again would I spend a night by myself, tossing and turning, tortured by thoughts of them together.      

DAVID

I could not remember the last time I had been so angry; I was mad at Julie for having played me for such a fool, especially after everything I had done for her, and I was mad at that bloody doctor for having edged in on not just her, but my son as well, but beyond both, I was mad at myself.

I had always prided myself on being an excellent judge of character, and I could not believe I had been so wrong about Julie. Part of me wanted to drive back to the lounge and throttle her and her boyfriend, but thankfully the longer I restrained, the more reason, and a calmer head prevailed.

Unlike the two of them, people actually knew who I was, and I knew that with my position, not just socially, but professionally as well, there was no way I could be seen fighting over a woman – especially when that woman was not my wife.

That, however, did not mean I was prepared to let it go in private as well; I would make Julie pay for what she had done to me.                                                                  

At the same time, it was not just her betrayal that stung, it was that she had done it out in the open, where of all people, Diane had now witnessed my humiliation. To Diane’s credit, however, she had not taken the opportunity to gloat with remarks like “I told you so,”  or “serves you right”, which is what I had expected her to do.

Instead, she had held her peace and given me my space once we got back to the house, busying herself with the children and the kitchen for the next few hours, and not bothering me until it approached seven, when she knocked softly on the door to ask if I was going to come downstairs to join her and the children for evening tea.

I don’t think she even realized as she did so, how much her reaction endeared her to me, but it did; taking a deep breath, I forced Julie and her betrayal to the back of my mind, and went downstairs. I would deal with Julie later; for now, I would give my attention and energy to those more deserving of both.

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+5 #1 Aysha 2024-06-16 19:40
Team Diane gather and we celebrate this win.
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0 #2 Jay 2024-06-17 15:58
I hope Diane and Davids marriage stabilises and Julie settles for the doctor
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0 #3 Natasha 2024-06-17 21:49
Team diane though this happiness maybe for a while
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