The Sunday Serial

The Reversal

He could pretend that he was willing to give her up, but he knew deep down he wasn’t.

He couldn’t.

He wouldn’t.

But was his wife okay with that? He didn’t think so.

Maybe if she hadn’t realized his secret, things would have been okay, but now…

“Tom, I’m not happy about it, obviously, but you’re a man and I haven’t been willing to be with you sexually for years. I’d prefer you didn’t, but to be fair, I understand. Well, to an extent anyway.”

He stared at her. Who was this woman and what had she done with his wife?

He wished he could hate her; that would make it easier to leave, but she was being so understanding. He felt a sudden urge to kiss her like he once had when they’d first met. This was the woman he’d married.

She isn’t that woman anymore though, Tom, the voice reminded him.

He shook his head to try and clear it. The voice was right of course. Things hadn’t been okay for years. He knew that. She knew that. Yet the concept of divorce was alien to them. They had a child and for Tom, that was all that mattered. He could live with his wife, like this, as long as he had his daughter.

But could she do the same?

His phone buzzed and he immediately reached into his pocket to look at it.


“Tom, I think it’s best if we finish this and don’t see each other again. I can’t deal with being second best. I’m worth more than that and you know it. It’s not fair to your wife and family either. I’m sorry.”

“Is that her, Tom?” his wife asked.

He nodded. He was speechless. Jennie didn’t want to see him again. It was over. He thought he would be the one who needed to make the decision, but she’d made it for him.

What we he going to do now?


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