The Wedding

“The wedding’s this Thursday.”


A pause. “Will you come?”

He didn’t answer.


“If you want.”

“Thank you.”

“Do you love him?”

A different pause.“Of course I love him.”

“Where will you live?”

“He wants to stay here.”

“You should go.”

“He wants to stay here.”

“I should go.”

“You should go.”

“Why did you call me?”

“I love you.”

He laughed.

“I’ll seat you with Matthew.”

“Don’t do that.”

“He won’t mind.”

“I won’t stay.”

“You have to stay.”

“I’ll sneak out. I’ll be discreet.”

“He’ll know.”

“Does he know you’re here?”


“Then he won’t know.”

She chewed on her lip.

“Do you want me to go? I don’t have to go.”

“I want you to.”

“Then I’ll go.”

“Don’t go.”

“Because of him.”

She was crying.

“I’m going to leave.”

“I’ll stop.”

“Does he make you cry?”


“He’s good.”

“He’s good.”

“I’ll be a curse.”

“I want you there.”

“I said I’m going.”

“Don’t bring her.”

“She’s gone.”

A pause.

“I wouldn’t bring her anyway.”

“I can’t get married.”

“I’ll never get married.”

She smiled. “Don’t wait for me.”

“I’ll be at the Hilton tonight.”

“What happened to the flat?”

“Austin’s still there.”

“Did you fight?”

“I’m going back tomorrow.”

“I heard you quit your job.”

“From Kara?”

She nodded.

“Let’s go to Charleston.”

“Did you?”


“Are you going to?”

“If you’ll let me.”

“It’s your life.”

“It doesn’t feel like it.”

“Self pity doesn’t look good on anyone.”

“Says the pot to the kettle.”

She relented.

“I should go.”

“To Charleston?”

“Not here.”

“Austin doesn’t matter.”

“He’s all I got.”

“Then go home.”

“Not tonight. I can’t talk tonight.”

“You’re talking to me.”

“He told me not to come here.”

“You told him?”

“You called when I was home.”

“So you did quit.”

“No. I took a sick day.”

“Are you sick?”

“Not any more than usual.”

“What did Dr. Jonas say?”

“I didn’t go.”

A pause.

“You have no right.”

“I have every right.”

“You’re getting married.”

“I love you.”

He didn’t laugh.

“I’m getting married.”

“You’ll get divorced.”

“You’re awful.”

“If I’m there, you’ll get divorced.”

“You’re here now.”


“I chose him.”

“He chose you.”

“What is that supposed to mean?”

“You know what I mean.”

“I could’ve said no.”

“You’d still be with me.”

“I wasn’t with you.”

“But you would be.”

“Are you clean?”

“You have no right.”

“When did you leave home?”

“When you called.”

“You shouldn’t have left.”

“You shouldn’t have called.”

“Does Austin know where you’re staying?”

“I’m not hiding.”

“Have you eaten?”


“I’m hungry.”

“I don’t want to eat.”

“I’ll pay.”

He let her order for them.

“I’m starving.”

“I thought you didn’t eat red meat.”

“I didn’t.”

“Don’t you care anymore?”

“It’s too hard.”

“Well, I eat red meat.”

“I ordered it for you.”

“What are you having at the wedding?”

“I thought you weren’t staying.”

“I’m not.”

“His sister’s catering.”

“Will there be cake?”

“It’s a wedding.”

“Get Matthew to save me a piece.”

“Don’t come.”

He didn’t respond.

“I’m sorry I called.”

“I’ll leave.”

“I’m staying at the Hilton.”

“I know.”



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