Monday, January 19, 2015

Tuesday Tales - Word Prompt - Ruthless

Welcome to Tuesday Tales.  I've been away for a while, but now I'm back.  This is an excerpt from my WIP From Me To You.  It's about two women who are going through divorces and starting over.  This is where I had left off where Sophia finds out who are husband is cheating her her with.

“I took the walky-talky part of it and sat outside in the car around the corner listening to see if anything was taking place.  I did this for close to a week.  Just when I thought I imaged things and was going to throw out the monitor, something told me to check it out one last time.”
Tears began filling Sophia’s eyes as she sat on the edge of her bed.  Erika grabbed a few tissues out of the box and handed them to her.  Erika broke down twice in a day was something she never expected.  Erika started to feel bad about moving away, not being able to be there for Sophia like she was for her, but there was no turning back.
Sophia stopped crying and her sadness turned into rage. She turned around, blew her nose and faced Erika.  “I was ruthless as I sat around the corner in front of Betty’s house. I ready to shut the walky-talky
off when my cell phone rang.  I spoke to the receptionist from work and became distasted when I heard Brian’s voice come over the walky-talky.  I hung up and listened as he spoke.  I tried to figure out the other sounded so familiar...but it couldn’t be...I didn’t want it to be.”
“Who was he with?” 
“I don’t know how to tell you, or even how to describe the way I felt when
 I realized who the mystery person was.  How could I have been so damn stupid not to realize it?”
“You are not stupid.  You are a kind and loving person.  You always trusted people and always found the good in everyone.”
“Erika you don’t get it, do you?”
“No.  I guess I’m the one being stupid,” Erika said crossing her arms, fearing the worst.
“My husband is having an affair with another man.”
Erika’s mouth dropped open.  She didn’t know what to say or how to process the information Sophia just revealed.  Could it be she misunderstood what she said?
“By the look on your face, I can assure you that you did not misinterpret what I said.  And the sad part is they were carrying on inside the house while I was sitting outside with his wife.”
“His wife?”
      “Yeah.  Can you believe it?  You know them, the couple he always invites over on a Sunday, Will and his wife Bev.”

“I can’t believe it.”
“Neither can I.” 
Tears welled in Sophia’s eyes again.  Erika took a tissue packet out of her pocket, grabbed a tissue and wiped away her tears.
“Don’t worry, we’ll figure something out together, just like you did for me.”
“I would feel so much better if he was cheating on me with another woman, but a man, how embarrassing.”
“Listen, no one needs to know the truth but you and me.”
“I know.  Now I have to figure out what to do.”


  1. Ouch. That would really hurt. Any affair is bad but with the opposite sex it seems even harsher.

  2. How awful to find out he's cheating. :-(

  3. Switching teams has to hurt even more. The poor girl

  4. what a twist wonder she's angry.

  5. Wow! What a surprise and great twist to the story. Now I'm curious as to how she's going to handle it.

  6. Oh my. Not sure I agree with her on a woman being easier/less embarrassing...but when you're wrapped in that pain I can see her thinking that. Welcome back!

  7. It's always hard when a man cheats with another man. Makes you feel stupid as well as betrayed. Thanks for presenting this so well.

  8. Welcome back Karen!
    Glad to get back to this story. I didn't expect this twist.
    Great snippet.
    Trisha Faye