Happily Married [ROMANCE]

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November 27th 2017

Calvin woke up that morning with a raging headache, no doubt after having drunk far too much the previous night. His head spun dangerously as he sat up, the world spinning around him.

When he saw the pills and the glass of water on his bedside table, he breathed out a sigh of relief. No doubt Audrey’s doing.

Gratefully, he popped two of the pills in his mouth and swallowed it down with the water, not leaving a single drop in the glass.

Calvin regretted drinking so much the previous night, but he had done it to forget. And it had worked, but now that he was awake, he remembered it all. Every single detail. The fact that it felt like his head was splitting open was just an added bonus.

He knew that he had acted rash the previous night, but he hadn’t been thinking. He was just so blind sighted that he had acted upon instinct. The pain and betrayal had just been so much that he had started feeling overwhelmed. All his thoughts were jumbled together and he could hear them both speaking that he didn’t know what to think.

And so, he ran.

Closing his eyes and laying back down on the bed, Calvin allowed himself to wish the headache away. But it didn’t work, so he decided to sleep it away instead.

Pulling the blankets under his chin, he allowed himself to rest. He wanted peace and quiet to get rid of his headache, too bad he got painful memories instead.

-

They had just walked out of the diner, hand in hand. Calvin had smiled at her when she looked over at him.

Opening the passenger side door for her, he looked behind him at the diner. His eyes zeroed in on the figure of his wife standing there, next to the booth where they had, had dinner. It was almost as if she was transfixed to her spot as she watched them, her eyes glued to them. She didn’t even look away when they made eye contact.

Brushing away the guilt, he closed the door and jogged over to his side of the car.

Within seconds he was driving out of the car park, away from the diner, and away from his wife.

Too bad he couldn’t get away from the guilt.

“That was her, wasn’t it?” Jane asked, pulling him away from his thoughts.

Sparing her a quick glance before he looked back to the road, he nodded.

Jane laughed softly to herself, brushing her blonde hair over her shoulder. “She’s not very pretty.” She noted aloud, a tinge of jealousy evident in her voice.

Calvin didn’t comment on that. Despite wanting to disagree with her and stand up for his wife, he didn’t say a word. It would be quite hypocritical of him to stand up for Audrey when he treated her like trash every day.

“I didn’t expect to see you today.” Calvin turned to Jane when they had stopped at a traffic light. “I thought we had plans for tomorrow.”

Jane nodded and bit her lip. “I missed you.” She admitted, not completely lying but still refusing to meet his eyes. Her boyfriend had to cancel their plans at the last minute and she hadn’t wanted to spend the night alone, especially since she had gotten dressed up, so she had decided to crash Calvin’s dinner date; even if he had repeatedly assured that it wasn’t a date.

But he wasn’t fooling anyone. Maybe that wife of his, but not her.

Perhaps it had all worked out for the best, her boyfriend bailing on her. Jane had no doubt that Calvin was slowly drifting away from her, that he was finally realising that he still loved that Audrey. This way, she was able to take him away from her.

If he wasn’t with her, then he couldn’t think of her. And if he still needed some help getting his mind off of things, she knew how to help.

Light conversation passed between Calvin and his mistress as he drove them to her apartment; the apartment that he was paying for.

After having parked the car, he walked over to her side and held the door open for her. She leaned forward and planted a kiss on his lips in gratitude before giving him a wink and heading into the building, making sure that she was walking slowly so that the sway in her hips would be more prominent.

She smiled to herself, knowing the effect that it would have on him.

Calvin was perfect. He was rich, good looking, smart -all in that order. He was also caring and thoughtful. The only flaw was that she didn’t love him, she loved Tom. Now Tom, he was the man of her dreams. He had passion and was wild. He was spontaneous yet responsible. Tom was nearly perfect, he just wasn’t rich. With Calvin, she had become used to a certain lifestyle, but that was one that Tom couldn’t provide. He could barely pay his rent every month.

Calvin was everything a woman could ask for, but she didn’t love him. She was head over heels in love with Tom, but he wouldn’t be able to provide for her.

It seemed like she was stuck at a cross road.

Jane had no idea how long she would keep up this charade, or who she would end up choosing at the end. But for now, she was more than happy to keep it up, wanting to enjoy what they both had to offer before she had to sober up and make a decision.

Now, that wasn’t fair for either of the men, but what they didn’t know couldn’t hurt them.

Calvin had his hands all over her when they got into the lift. Thankfully they were the only ones in there and didn’t have to worry about anyone else watching.

Audrey was now long forgotten.

Jane giggled as she tore her mouth away from Calvin. He leaned down for another cheeky peck before he walked out of the elevator with him behind her.

She smirked at him as he leaned against the wall next to her door. She could feel his eyes on her as she reached for her keys in her bag. “Keep your hands to yourself,” she laughed as she swatted away his wandering his hands, continuing the search for her keys. The sooner she found them, the sooner they could get inside and continue what they started in private.

Calvin had his hands wrapped around her and his mouth attached to her neck as she finally opened the door. He chuckled as he felt her breath hitch as he found the sweet spot under her jaw. She released a moan, temporarily closing her eyes as she enjoyed the feel of his wet mouth against her skin.

They had barely managed to close the apartment door behind them before they were back at it. Calvin’s mouth was attached to Jane’s as his hands skimmed up and down her arms, pulling her closer to him. Jane responded with just as much fervour as him as her hands made quick work of the buttons on his shirt.

She had just managed to unbutton them all and spread her hands again the hard skin of his abs when a throat cleared behind them. The sound was rather loud and brought the two lovers out of their daze.

At first, Jane had ignored the sounded, thinking that it was perhaps the pipes or something. But when Calvin wouldn’t respond to her kisses and his eyes refused to move away from the view over her shoulder, she turned around.

The apartment filled with silence as she saw Tom standing in her living room, shirtless. Though that last detail wasn’t important because it seemed that Calvin and Tom were having a silent fight with their eyes. Pushing away from Calvin because Tom looked like he would murder him if she carried on touching him, Jane covered half the space between the two men and stood in the middle.

“This is,” she begun, but closed her mouth. Her heart beat in fear; fear of losing the two most important men in life. “Calvin, this is Tom.” She finally said, her eyes not once moving from his face.

She didn’t turn her head to see Tom’s reaction.

Jane offered Calvin a small smile. “He’s my friend.”

A snort resounded from behind her. Calvin tore his eyes away from the love of his life to glare at the man.

Calvin pursed his lips. Not for one moment did he believe that Jane was speaking the truth. “Who is he?” He asked Jane, ignoring Tom who seemed to have not said a single word since he had walked in on his girlfriend cheating on him.

Jane offered him a small, but she wasn’t fooling anyone, not even herself. “I told you, he’s my friend.” She looked into Calvin’s eyes, hoping that he would believe her.

Tom snorted again.

Calvin tore his eyes away from her and looked at Tom. Really looked at him.

Tom looked to be only a few inches shorter than him, perhaps 5′10 or 11. His hair was a striking silver, his face clean shaven. His eyes were a striking blue and everything about him seemed chiselled to perfection. Feeling self-conscious, he began buttoning up his shirt. “Tom.” He nodded at the other man in greeting.

Tom frowned, but offered him a nod too. “Calvin.” He spoke in a deep, rough baritone.

The men weren’t idiots, they knew what was going on. But it seemed that both of them were in momentary shock, not really sure if what they were seeing was the truth or not.

Calvin smirked, but it was mostly for himself. He willed his beating heart to calm down, constantly assuring himself that he shouldn’t just jump to conclusions. “What are you doing here, Tom?” Calvin addressed the other man, sneering his name almost as if it was something worth laughing at.

Tom chuckled and shook his head, almost as if he found the situation amusing. Jane just squirmed uncomfortably in the middle.

“I’m here to see my girlfriend, Calvin.” He explained, staring him straight in the eyes, ready for a challenge. “I was supposed to pick her up at seven for out date, but I had to cancel last minute because of work. But I managed to finish early so I decided to pop round and spend the rest of the evening with her. Not that I have to explain myself to you, of course.”

Calvin pursed his lips. “Of course.”

“So, Calvin,” Tom drawled out his name. “What brings you here?”

“As a matter of fact, Tom. I’m here to see my girlfriend too.”

Tom chuckled. “Well, isn’t that a happy coincidence?”

Calvin didn’t reply anymore to Tom. He just threw his head back and laughed at the situation.

Oh, the irony of it all. He had chosen Jane over Audrey again and again over the years. He had given her everything she wanted and showered her with love unconditionally. All she had to do was love him back, and if she couldn’t do that, then she just had to be honest with him and he would take his love life elsewhere. But it seemed that she was incapable of even that.

Calvin had been ready to start a life with Jane, and it seemed that she was cheating on him. No doubt only using him for his money.

Oh, how blind he had been.

Calvin pursed his lips and closed his eyes briefly. He pinched the bridge of his nose in frustration before he opened his eyes again and focused them on Jane. He refused to jump to conclusions. He would hear her out before he acted rashly. “Jane,” he began, the feel of her name on his tongue now bitter and sour. He had the inkling to rinse his mouth out. “What’s going on?”

Tom didn’t speak. He just crossed his arms over his chest and watched the situation unfold before him.

Jane played with her fingers, too ashamed to meet any of their gazes. She released a short breath of air. “I’m sort of seeing the both of you.”

“What does that mean?” His voice was low and quiet, calculating her every word.

She bit her lip, her eyebrows furrowing as she tried to think of the right words. “That means that I’m dating the both of you at the same time.”

“How could you do this to me? To us?” Calvin was seething now.

“It sort of just happened.” Even to her own ears, that excuse sounded pathetic.

Tom snorted again, but neither of them turned to look at him.

Calvin rolled his eyes and sighed. “I loved you.” He told her and with one last look, he turned around and walked out of the apartment, slamming the door loudly behind him.

“Calvin!” She called out after him, but it was too late. He had already left.

Turning around, she blinked away the unshed tears as she faced her other lover; the man that she truly loved. “I’m so sorry.” She apologised to him, and when he didn’t say anything, she swallowed the lump in her throat. Tears were streaming down her face now, but Tom didn’t care. Not anymore. “Please, Tom.” She called out to him, but he was already making his past her.

When Jane reached out and held onto his arm, he turned his head in her direction. One look at his eyes and she let go immediately, almost as if she had been scorched by a lit fire.

Tom sneered at her before he, too, walked out.

-

Layla Knight

19.07.17

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