Robert’s reaction to me going out was nothing new. However, I was getting tired of it all and was really starting to feel fed up. I did not deserve to be treated this way, especially by the man I loved. But as much as I wanted to ignore him and leave, I couldn’t. So, I walked in to the kitchen and grabbed a rag to clean up his spilled drink. I wanted to go out, so I knew that I had to clean up in order to leave. I folded the laundry and kissed him goodbye. I refused to let him ruin my night.
“Enjoy your night with him,” Robert yelled as I left. “Make sure to wash up before you get in bed with me.” His tone was unapologetic. I don’t know if he really believed that I was going out with another man, or if he knew that I was going out with my girls and just wanted to be a jerk. Either way his words were very upsetting. I turned to him and said, “I’ll try my best to enjoy my night. Would you like me to send him your best regards?” I stared him in the eye for a minute. He was speechless. Then I walked out.
I was infuriated at the fact that, despite all my efforts during our relationship, Robert was still a jealous man. Before my visit to Derrick’s office, I had never laid eyes on another man, let alone had an affair. I was faithful to Robert and gave him all of my love, whether he deserved it or not. However, this time I had had enough. As soon as I got in my car, I canceled plans with my friends and called Derrick.
“Hello, beautiful.” His voice was relaxing, like music to my ears. The way he called me “beautiful” was enough to melt my heart. In that moment, I realized just how much I really missed him. I didn’t hesitate to jump straight to the point. “Can we meet?” I asked.
“You have perfect timing. She’s out of town. Come to the house.” And then he hung up.
I stared back at Robert, who was now standing by the door watching me. My heart was full of anger and heavy with guilt. Robert’s worst fear was about to come true, and he only had himself to blame.