I can’t believe she feels that way.
The roughly torn envelope lies on the duvet, glaring, and the crumpled sheets, close-written, lie on the crumpled sheets.
It’s the end.
My chest hurts, and I feel pain in the belly that’s not hunger.
Sitting out in the car at work’s car park, I can’t go in. Just sitting there. I call Sonia, lifeline, and words, kind words, reel my fleeing soul back in. I’m alive, aren’t I?
I start the ignition. Companionable diesel engine wakes up, and together we drive down to the sea.
“It was a good time, wasn’t it? We really did have good times.”
Counting blessings is worth the painful effort.
Sitting on the cold black rocks of the breakwater, I breathe in the smell of salt, seagulls and sewage, wondering whether there’s some way back.