Happily Married [ROMANCE]

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[10]

October 12th 2017

Jane had returned from visiting family the previous night, and it was really bothering Calvin that he was unable to go and see her.

All because of that stupid contract. And Audrey.

Luck just wasn’t working on his side. The contract had just come back with a few minor changes after having read over by both Audrey and Calvin’s respective lawyers the day before; the same day that Jane had come back to town. And it was effective immediately.

The first day hadn’t been so bad, probably because he spent nearly all of it at work and away from home. He had only had to see Audrey when he came home last night and much to his dismay, Audrey was waiting for him with dinner.

If it was someone else then he would have felt guilty that she hadn’t ate because she was waiting for him, especially since he had rolled up to the driveway a few minutes past eleven. And as the contract stated, he had to put in an effort into this marriage for the next two months, else he would have to give everything up.

Today was harder, especially since he had been woken by the sound of his phone ringing.

It had been early, 7.04 am to be exact. Calvin hadn’t heard his phone ring at first as he was still asleep, but his eyes had flickered open when he heard Audrey’s voice. He had gazed at her groggily at first, still half asleep as she stood to the right of the bed, speaking to someone on the bed.

It was only when Audrey’s scowl had appeared to be visibly etched onto her face and when she put the phone on loud speaker and flung it on the bed by his head did he wake up completely.

It was Jane. Audrey had been speaking to Jane.

His wife and his mistress; it wasn’t the ideal situation to be in, especially not this early in the morning.

“You bitch!” Calvin heard Jane scream from the phone that now sat on the pillow where his head had been resting only moments before. “Just wait until I get my hands on you!” Jane was still screaming, screeching at the top of her voice into the phone, throwing pretty much every insult under the sun to Audrey; the other woman.

But the truth was -not that Calvin would ever admit it- Jane was the other woman.

Calvin could only imagine what Audrey had said to Jane while he was still half asleep to get her as worked up as she was. In the two years that he had been with Jane, not once had he heard her raise her voice as high as she was doing currently.

It seemed like he wasn’t the only one that hated Audrey.

Calvin exhaled and closed his eyes for a minute while Jane was still spouting every curse word she could think of. “Jane, calm down.” He spoke calmly, pinching the bridge of his nose.

To his surprise, when he opened his eyes he found Audrey to be sat on the bed, not speaking, just listening to the conversation that he had hoped he would be able to have in private with Jane.

“Calvin?” Jane’s voice was quieter now, slightly more relaxed as she called out to him, wanting to be confirm that it was indeed his voice that she had heard and was just not hearing things. “Is that you, baby?”

Calvin visibly cringed when Jane called him ‘baby’, not because he didn’t like the endearment, but because his lover was calling him ‘baby’ in front of his wife.

He could cut the tension in the room with a knife.

Yet Audrey didn’t say anything, she just frowned.

“Yes,” he began slowly, not really sure what to say or make of the current situation. This was not how he planned to tell Jane. “It’s me.”

“Did you hear what that bitch said to me?”

“No.” He sighed. “But let me go somewhere private where we can talk.” Calvin informed her, reaching out for the phone as he stood up from the bed, but before he could touch it, a hand reached out and grabbed it before he could.

“Audrey?” He found himself vocally questioning her, surprised that she had intervened when she had. This wasn’t like her usual quiet and unassertive demeanour.

“You’re talking to her here, in front of me. Not in private.” Audrey demanded, not leaving any room for discussion.

But that didn’t stop him from trying. He hadn’t become a businessman by admitting defeat even when it was looking him straight in the eye. “Don’t be silly, Audrey. Give me back the phone.” He held out his hand expectantly, hoping that she would just give in.

But she didn’t. “No.”

“Give me back the phone.”

“You’re not allowed to have any extra-marital affairs for the next 2 months, not while we’re still married. It’s part of the contract and you’ve signed it.” Calvin opened his mouth to stop her then, but she refused, sending him a glare and cutting him off. “I’m not giving up, Calvin. You either talk to her here, or you don’t talk to her again until after the contract end.” Her eyes were blazing in anger and her nostrils flared as the permanent scowl remained etched on her face. If possible, it had deepened.

“Don’t be ridiculous. This isn’t an extra-marital affair.” He rolled his eyes, scoffing and crossing his arms over his chest.

“Of course, this is an affair! You’ve fucked her, haven’t you?!” She screamed at him, knowing that she had hit the nail on the head.

This wasn’t like Audrey.

Jane had been quiet the whole time, tentatively listening in on their conversation from the other line, but she decided that it was best to speak up now.

“Why does she keep on going on about that freaking contract?” Jane asked, breaking the awkward silence that seemed to have engulfed the room after Audrey’s rather boisterous outburst.

Neither of them answered her, not knowing what to say or who should be the one to explain.

Audrey, rolling her eyes, walked up to her husband and shoved the phone in his hand before she took a seat on the bed and crossed her arms over her chest, not making any move to leave the room.

“Calvin?” Jane called out again.

“I’m right here, baby.” Calvin assured her, his tone gentle and soft as he spoke to her. It was nothing like how he spoke to Audrey. Not that he cared.

“What contract is she talking about?”

Calvin exhaled, silently praying to any being that might be listening that he would be able to explain everything without any interruptions. “Let me start from the beginning. Maybe things will make sense then.”

Jane prompted him to go on with a tight lipped ‘okay’, and so he did. Explain, that is.

After he had explained the divorce paper that he had handed her and then the contract that she had written up to counter the divorce, Jane was at a loss for words.

“Explain the details of the contract to me again, darling.”

Audrey rolled her eyes when Jane called her husband ‘darling’, as if it was absolutely normal for her to call Audrey’s husband ‘darling’.

“It means that we can’t see each other for two months because I need to actually put in some effort into this marriage.” His voice had turned sour and grainy at the end, almost as if he was having trouble getting the words out of his mouth. But luckily, he did, otherwise he was sure that Audrey would be more than happy to step up and take the phone from his hand and do it for him.

“And then?” Jane probed further.

“After the two months is over,” Calvin began, “If I wish to stay married to Audrey then both the contract and the divorce papers will be destroyed and we will continue on with our marriage with the added help of couple’s counselling.”

“And if you decide that you don’t want to stay married to that skank?” The lover bit out, clearly not at all happy with the terms of the contract, but it wasn’t like she could do anything about it.

The papers were already signed and it was put into motion.

“Then she’ll be forced to sign the divorce papers and she’ll leave. She’ll leave everything behind and transfer her share of the house to me.”

“And the pendant?” Jane asked expectantly, already knowing what the answer would be. But she wanted to be sure.

“Will be yours.” He promised her with full intent of keeping that promise.

Audrey bit back her tongue at this.

“And what will happen to us?”

Calvin smiled. He full out smiled, both of his corners turning up gradually that he could actually see his teeth in the reflection in the mirror in front of him. Audrey saw it too.

“We’ll get married before Christmas.”

Jane squealed with both happiness and excitement. “I can’t wait.” She admitted. “I can’t wait to get married.” She repeated, her voice further away this time, -either that or she was whispering to herself- almost as if she was speaking to herself.

“The contract has to come to an end for that to happen.” Audrey spoke up from her place on the bed, casually fiddling with the bottom of the thin jumper that she was wearing. She didn’t squirm uncomfortably -even though she really wanted to- when Calvin turned around and glared at her menacingly when she had spoken up.

“Shut up!” Jane roared at her and Calvin didn’t speak a word against his mistress’ demand.

Audrey merely smirked, not that either Calvin or Jane saw it. “Make me, hoe!”

“That’s enough!” Calvin spoke up them, quick to jump to his lover’s defence. He didn’t bother to glare at his wife this time, knowing fully well that it would have absolutely no effect on her.

“Baby,” Jane whined. “Did you hear what she called me?”

“I did.” Calvin sighed, fidgeting on his feet. He felt uncomfortable having to sort out the fight between his wife and his lover; he never thought that he would have to face such a situation but here he was now. “I’ll have a word with her later.” He promised her, even though both Calvin and Audrey knew that he would do no such thing.

“I’ve already signed the contract and it came back from my lawyer yesterday, so that means that the contract has technically already started.”

“So?”

“So that means,” Audrey piped up before Calvin could. She made sure that her voice was both loud and clear as she spoke, not wanting there to be any possible misunderstandings in the future. “That you and Calvin are not allowed to see each other, talk to each other or even contact each other in any possible way. This includes phone calls, texts, emails, letters, actual people or any other kind of social media.” She paused, allowing them both a moment to digest the information before she loaded some more into their system. “If you are found to have breached the contract then I will not give Calvin a divorce, and I most definitely will not give up the pendant or my half of the house.”

Audrey allowed Calvin a few more minutes to speak to his lover -hopefully for the last time ever- as she sat on the bed and listened carefully in on what each of them was saying to the other. She made sure to interrupt when needed and at one point, she had reminded Jane that it was Audrey’s husband that she was actually speaking to, and that it quite frowned upon to be calling someone else’s husband ‘darling’ and ‘baby’ as often as she was doing.

Of course, that started another argument between both the women as Calvin -very literally- stood between the pair of them, doing his best to put an end to it before it got too out of hand.

Standing up, Audrey smoothed down her jumper before she slowly made her way out of the room, knowing that the conversation was very soon coming to an end.

“It’ll be over soon.” Calvin spoke into the phone before hanging up on Jane.

Audrey had just walked past the doorway and out of the room before she stopped to call to him over her shoulder. “Don’t be so sure.”

Once she was gone, Calvin sighed and rubbed his hands over his face, falling back onto the bed so that he could stare up at the ceiling. He was in for one hell of a ride.

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Layla Knight

28.06.17

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