This is another story I’ve been thinking about. I hope you enjoy it. It is a loving wives story, but don’t look for any sex. I promise I’ve got a sexy one coming. Meanwhile I hope you’ll like this. I’d like to dedicate this to woodmanone in appreciation for some good advice.
Two people in love.
It’s dark and the road’s dangerous. It’s a two lane high speed highway, it’s raining, and I’m still at least an hour from home. I don’t know how it came to this. I halfway feel like just turning the wheel, flipping my SUV, and saying good bye to the whole shitted up mess. I won’t though. I won’t because I love my two kids, and in spite of everything I still love my wife.
An hour from home and I wonder what kind of home it will be when I get there. I admit it; I’m angry, angry and confused. My wife couldn’t be cheating on me, and certainly not with the cad with whom I’m afraid she is. I’ll find out soon. I’ll find out when I get home; within the hour I’ll know for sure.
I checked the clock on the dashboard; its 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 14, 2013, it’s dark and cold and wet. I should have had my tires replaced or at least checked. I know they’re nearly bald, but this is my ‘run around’ truck not my good truck. No one uses this piece of shit but me. I’d never let Helen near it; it’s too dangerous. I only used it today because I wanted my nephew Wayne to use my good vehicle.
Wayne just turned nineteen. He’s fresh out of high school and had decided to take a year off and work before he went college. Wayne’s a great kid; he’s my oldest brother’s oldest son. Wayne’s been working for me. Lately since he sprained an ankle he’s just been splitting firewood.
OK I admit it I’m a farm boy; well not just a farm boy. I graduated high school and went to college, finished in four years too. I’m no tough guy. I just work my ass off for my family. I don’t have any special skills. I just work hard. I did join the Army Reserves though; yeah I wore the uniform, and I wore it proudly. Only made E5, never got called up for anything overseas, and thank goodness never will now. Hell I’ve been out for fifteen years. OK, it was only the motor pool, but I’m still proud of what I did. I love my country.
My dad and mom raised five kids; I’m the middle child, third in five.
This road is dangerous; it’s slick, there’s been a light rain, more mist than rain and everything’s slippery. I think people are more careless when the roads are like this. Man I’m in a hurry.
According to Wayne if I kick out I might get ‘there’ before it’s too late.
OK where is there? There is a Motel Six just off Interstate Route 81 in Pennsylvania ... and who might be at the Motel Six, why my ever loving, piss me off, wife Helen with her ‘alleged’ lover Jim ‘the mother fucker’ Carpenter. I have to get there. I have to stop her before she does something we’ll both regret.
Wayne’s had my good truck today so he could keep tabs on Helen while I drove to Martinsburg to settle accounts with a couple assholes who thought they could fuck over a couple kids who worked for me. The boys had hauled eight cords, that’s two truckloads of good seasoned oak firewood to this guy’s house. He got all shitty saying the wood wasn’t good enough and he wasn’t paying them. He’d had his brother with him for intimidation purposes.
Martinsburg nowadays is part of the outermost ring of the D.C. suburbs, housing is expensive, and firewood is selling for $200.00 a cord. Look cutting and splitting wood is hard and dangerous work. Nobody’s getting into me and my workmen for $1,600.00. I had a baseball bat on the back seat to guarantee it. I got our money.
Helen knew I had to be gone, and I guess she thought this might be her big chance to get away with something. I don’t think she thought about Wayne.
Wayne’s been keeping me up to date on the whole Helen-Jim thing for the last several weeks. Jim’s a real bird dog, and he’s been sniffing around my quail. Nothing’s happened yet, but it looks like today, or tonight is going to be their big opportunity.
I see I’m low on gas; better pull in, I’ll call Wayne and see what’s happening. Man, this is tearing me apart.
Helen has always been one ‘grade A’ bitch, but I have to admit I’m the classic hard assed prick. We’ve been married fifteen years. We have two kids; Jamie who’s twelve and Janice who’s eleven. They’re both great kids. I love em. I love their mom too.
Me and Helen met through my younger sister. My sister and Helen were sorority sisters in college. Helen’s one of the types who has always had everything she’s ever wanted. Helen’s parents are rich. She was her high school’s prom queen, lead cheerleader, and just generally all around most popular girl. Things didn’t change for her in college either. Guys followed her around like she was some bitch in heat.
How did we meet? My sister took me to the fall apple festival outside Gettysburg one September. I guess it was 1995. Helen was there scooping up those utterly tasteless French fried sweet potatoes. I know a lot of people like them, but I think they taste like shit. I was bitching at my sister about having to wait in line with her while she bought this crap when the girl behind the table smacked me on the head with an umbrella.
This girl hit me and said, “If you don’t like my fries, then why are you even in line?”
I couldn’t be one upped; I leered at her and said, “Who are you, Elephant Girl?” I said that because she was clearly taller than me.
That’s when my sister intervened, “Helen,” she said, “I want you to meet my little brother Tommy.”
The ‘tall one’ smirked, “I can see why you call him your ‘little brother’. Where’d you get him, Munchkin land?”
That’s how it started. A few minutes later we were all at a picnic table with me and Helen exchanging barbs. Had I fallen in love? Damn right I had, but I knew I could never let her know.
She was one of the most beautiful women I’d ever met, and she’d caught me on the rebound. My college sweetheart had moved to California looking for her version of ‘Mr. Right’. Lucky for me, I’d caught Helen on the rebound too. Her most recent boyfriend had two problems; first according to Helen he couldn’t keep his pecker in his pants, and second he expected that she’d put out for him. When she wouldn’t he left.
I found out the stuff about the boyfriend on one of our first dates. I think Helen was putting me on notice about a couple things; first she wanted me to know right up front that if I was dating her I wasn’t dating anybody else, and second, she wasn’t into giving anybody anything until she was married. She as much as told me she was a virgin. Yeah, like I believed that! They don’t make them like that anymore.
We dated for a year before I asked her to marry me. I was scared to ask her. I figured she’d only been dating me till somebody better showed up. I gave her a ring, and asked her if she thought she’d like to finish what we’d started. She laughed and told me nothing had started yet, but she was ready to give it a try.
I pulled in, got some gas, bought a cup of black coffee, and a bag of chips. I’m not supposed to eat things like potato chips. Helen’s put snacks like that on the ‘forbidden list’. I’m not allowed sodas, white bread, candy, ice cream, chocolate, or any pastry either. Helen says my cholesterol is too high.
I had to take a piss. While I was standing there holding my Johnson I wondered why she’d even think about fucking around on me, and why would she do it with a piece of worthless shit like Jim Carpenter?
It was tearing me up inside. It’s not like I’m one of those men who spend all their time on the road. I’m not lazy. I’m a good provider. Look I went to college; I’m not stupid. When I got out I knew I wasn’t going anywhere with my dad’s farm; I have two older brothers. I mean if I stayed on the farm I’d never be anything more than a hired hand, but I wasn’t some ‘house mouse’ either. By that I mean I knew I had to be outside. I just didn’t see myself in an office.
I got some help from our grandparents. I bought some lawn equipment and started my own lawn service. That worked pretty well except the competition is fierce so I contracted with some farmers who owned large tracts of woodland. I went into the firewood business. That worked pretty well, but I still had a lot of dead time in the winter so I started buying snow removal equipment.
Now I’ve got a lawn service, a firewood business, and in the winter I’ve worked out deals with several businesses and one of the counties to help clear their roads and parking lots when it snows.
I’d say Helen and I are doing alright. Helen does our books, manages the payroll, and does most of the hiring and firing.
I stuffed my dick back in my pants, bought my coffee and chips, got back in my SUV, and called Wayne. Wayne picked up on the first ring, “I’ve some bad news Uncle Tom.”
I’m not one to hide from the truth, “What is it Wayne?”
“Aunt Helen and Mr. Carpenter got a room at the Motel Six. They’re there now.”
“OK Wayne’ I answered, “I’m on my way.”
Wayne asked me, “What are you going to do Uncle Tom?”
I told him, “I don’t know yet.”
.... There is more of this story ...