Dear John--part 3 of 15
Author: mattmoreau, Source: LushStories
... reason, you seem bent on talking to me, and I’m sure that that was the truth your look just indicated, unspoken though it was. I mean of course that the children have a new daddy. So talk. I’ll listen and then you can go back to your rich lover, husband, whatever he is, and laugh at me or feel sorry for me or whatever,” I said.
“Wow, I do have my work cut out for me here don’t I,” she said.
“Not as far as I’m concerned. You’re not mine anymore. Your letter made that very clear, oh yes very clear! And before you even ask, no I don’t want any money or favors or Christmas cards or anything from either of you. So, is there anything else,” I said.
“About a million things,” she said. “But, Sam, right at this moment I’m scared. But, since you ask, I need you to get up from that seat and walk out of here with me and go to a quiet restaurant with good food. Can you, we, do that?” She said.
I smiled, or maybe sneered; it was six to five and pick ‘em.
“You’re smiling does that mean we’re good?” she said. I guess I was smiling.
I pushed my chair black from the table so she could see my legs.
Her eyes popped open yet again. “As you can see, I won’t be walking anywhere, not ever again actually.” I said.
“Oh my God! Sam, I had no idea. I mean none. You were supposed to be at your headquarters or something. Not on the battlefield.”
“Every place is a battlefield in Afghanistan,” I said.
“Please, Sam, let's leave here and go to a quieter place to talk at length. It’s been too long, sir, really,” she said.
“Can’t see why you’d wanna do that, Abigail. It’s just going to make you uncomfortable. And, I really mean that I don’t want anything from either of you. As for the babies, he’s taken them away from me and so there’s nothing there for me either,” I said. “So my answer’s no. You go on and have your dinner wheresoever. I’m going to stay here with them as are my real friends. You know, not like you and the motherfucker that stole you and my children from me.”
“Sam I . . .” She rose more or less suddenly and ran out. I think she was crying. Well, and if she was that was just too damn bad.