Valetine's Day Sucks!
Caution: This Drama Sex Story contains strong sexual content, including Consensual, Heterosexual, Oral Sex,
Desc: Drama Sex Story: Chapter 1 - What happens when the the one who holds your heart is Cheating (Or is she?) the week of Valentine's Day. (The story contains descriptions of an attempted rape but rape is not a theme)
Valentines Day sucks. I wandered the streets seeing all of the lovey-dovey couples; it made me sick to see them. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that they are happy. It's just me that's miserable.
As I walked, I passed by another couple, a tall handsome man about my age and his partner, a petite blonde. "Thankyouthankyou thankyou!" she says as she lifted her hand to look at the new ring on her finger. I stumbled into the next alley and lost the little I had eaten yet again.
Why you ask? That was me last year. I was a fool. It started almost eight years ago. I can remember it all so well...
I suppose a few introductions are in order. My name is Brock Champlain. I'm twenty-three years old, stand right at six feet tall and weight in at one hundred and seventy-five pounds. I have what's referred to as a swimmers physique. Duh! Might that be because it's my preferred form of exercise?
When I was a sophomore in high school, I met Wanda Swenson. She was five feet four inches of auburn haired perfection. She was the same age as me and was absolutely gorgeous. We attended the same high school, Brentmore Senior Prep, a very nice, very expensive, private school. My parents were both working two jobs to be able to afford the tuition and it was tearing them apart. We were both sixteen as our birthday made us start school a year behind our age-mates.
The week before I started at Brentmore as a freshman I had begged my parents to transfer me to a public school and save their marriage but they would not hear me. I knew with absolute certainty in my freshman year that my family was going to disintegrate. It took four years and my choice of college for it to happen but it was there for anyone but my parents to see. I had gone to the counselor at school and unloaded what was happening. I made sure that Ms. Timmons could not say anything to my parents without my consent before I told her what was happening. All she could say was that it was up to them to work it out and that it was not my fault. Like hell it wasn't. If it were not for the tuition to go to this damned hellish private school, they would most likely not be in this mess. She counseled me for four years and I still keep in touch with her. Maybe I'll call her later.
However, I'll get to that later. I was walking to school alone, as I did every day, thinking about how my mother and father were drawing farther and farther apart. Why would they not see it? Why would they not listen? I sighed and then heard a scream coming from the construction lot across the street. I ran across the street and found Wanda Swenson on the ground struggling with Theodore 'call me Teddy' Waller, a senior. He was tearing open her uniform blouse and bra. Her torn jacket lay a few feet away and I could see that she had put up a fight before being knocked to the ground near the stack of plywood sheeting. Her arms were scratched and bleeding and a large bruise was forming on her right cheek under her eye. The remains of her skirt showed that her white and pink panties were intact as yet but Teddy was moving to change that as I watched.
The whole school was abuzz with the news that Wanda had publicly refused to be 'seen in public with an overgrown orangutan like him' after he had beaten up the last boy to ask her out. She had never been on a date according to the rumor mill and Teddy had made it clear to anyone that would listen since she started at Brentmore that he was going to be the only boy that she would date.
He was saying exactly that in the cafeteria at lunch the day before when she had confronted him, made her triumphant statement, and threatened to go to the police if he did not leave her alone. It had humiliated him and only the presence of the staff had kept him in check I think.
I took in all of this in a split-second. Rage welled up within me like I had never felt before and I rushed the attacking senior. My first blow was one that was decidedly unfair. It brought back memories of my father saying, "When fighting for yourself fight fairly and defend yourself. When fighting to protect someone use anything and every weapon you can find. When protecting someone there are no rules, no right and wrong, no fair or unfair. There are no rules at all except to make damned sure you win, your lives might depend on it. Remember when someone attacks you or you are defending someone you have to assume that your survival is at risk or they would not risk the attack."
Wanda had seen me coming and I think, at first she thought I was going to help rape her. Then she saw the look of fury on my face and decided I was there to help. I took two running steps before planting the toe of my size twelve running shoe squarely between Teddy's balls. He rose up giving a silent shriek, his hands racing to his shattered groin, and my follow up punch to the back of his skull dropped him like a rock.
Wanda scrambled out from under Teddy as he fell, retrieved her cell phone from her bag, and was on the phone to the police dispatcher before Teddy had hit the ground, out cold. I took off my uniform jacket, placed it within easy reach of Wanda, and backed off. I had heard how rape victims were very afraid of men after an attack. I knew that I did not want to frighten her anymore than she already was. She took the jacket and wrapped herself up in it, shivering from shock and reaction.
The police and EMTs arrived and took Teddy to the hospital. They called an ambulance for me as well. As they arrived I felt a lancing pain in my hand and it was only then that I realized I might have broken my hand on Teddy's thick skull. It was even now swelling and purpling with the bruising it had taken. They took all three of us to the hospital for treatment. It seems that Teddy was going to lose a testicle as well as his freedom. My kick had ruptured the vas defrens, the cord running to the testicle, on the left side, severely. The only choice was removal. Complications during the procedure ended up requiring the removal of the other testicle as well.
I, on the other hand, had broken one of the metacarpal bones, the long bones between the finger and the wrist, in my right hand. Wanda had had evidence collected from her fingernails in the form of skin samples. While we were being treated we both gave statement to the officers about the attack.
Teddy's parents arrived and began to demand my arrest for the unprovoked assault on their precious baby boy. He could not possibly be responsible. They were however at a loss to explain what Teddy was doing there three blocks from Wanda's house, four blocks from mine and sixteen from his own, at ten after seven in the morning, a full fifty minutes before classes start. The school was three blocks in the other direction, and Teddy had his own car, which was found near the construction site.
After the police officer had asked those questions, it became clear to Teddy's parents that the police were going after Teddy in a big way so they called their lawyer. It did them no good. Teddy was arrested, tried and convicted on charges of attempted rape of a minor, aggravated assault of a minor, stalking, and harassment of a minor. It seems Teddy's DNA was also identified in three other open and unsolved rape cases where the rapist was unknown, as a result of his arrest, and his DNA having been entered into the national criminal database for sex offenders. He got twenty-five to life in prison for his crimes. It helped that Wanda had the ultra clean reputation of the good girl when the defense tried to turn things around on her. She sat with poise as she explained that she had never been on a date, never kissed a boy and certainly never asked for 'rough trade' from Teddy.
Me? I got an immobilized right hand, and the hatred of the whole school it seems. Teddy was the star running back on the football team and I had just cost them their winning season. I didn't have any real friends at Brentmore, but the casual acquaintances that I did have quit speaking to me. Wanda and I had no classes together so I didn't see her for more than a few moments the rest of the year. When I did see her she always made time to thank me for rescuing her and asked how I was doing. I knew from snatches of conversation I'd overheard that she wasn't much more welcome than I was, but she at least had friends here that had known her most of her life so it wasn't so bad for her. The school year ended as dismally as it had begun for me.
As a kind of reward, my father took his latest bonus check and bought me a two-year-old Mustang convertible. He said I needed to be proud of doing what a man is supposed to do. My mother was horrified that he had spent so much on the car, but forbade me from returning it saying that I did deserve it. I heard the muffled arguments from their room nearly every night. Again, I was the bone of contention driving them apart. I never even drove that car.
My summer was spent alone as my parents worked frantically to make enough to pay my tuition again this year. I went to the construction site where Wanda had been attacked, applied for a job as a laborer, and spent the whole summer working ten to fourteen hours a day. I spent none of my pay. I banked nearly every penny and all of my allowance. I only bought work clothes out of my check. I didn't go to the movies or do anything that would cost any money. On my days off, I went to the local YMCA and used their gym and pool. We had a family membership so it wasn't an additional expense. By the end of the summer, I had banked nearly twelve thousand dollars. I continued to save every penny. I had hoped that the extra would let my parents quit their second jobs and we could be a family again.
When my mother and father found out about the money, they were proud of me. When I again begged them to fix their marriage, they were livid and told me, 'Our relationship is no concern of yours!' At last, I took them at their word; they were no concern of mine. They had been very clear and specific. I hadn't seen either of them for more than a few hours for the last two years. I finally got it. Their marriage was dead and as I was a product of that marriage, therefore, also dead.
My supervisor, Donald, had introduced me to his son Harry. Harry was in college and was paying his own way to go. We hit it off and I asked how he could be paying his own way through college. He told me that he renovated small investment properties every summer and then sold them to make his tuition and living expenses. After several discussions, he let me know that he would be willing to help me do the same. He said he didn't want a partner but he would accept me as an investor. I could work the jobs on the crews and make money as well as making money on the final sale of the property. I agreed and at the end of the summer when Harry left for college in St. Louis, we had sold two properties that had been renovated; my bank account held forty thousand dollars in addition to my initial investment of twelve thousand two hundred dollars. I never told mom or dad what I had done. I put the money into a college trust, set up by Harry's CPA and lawyers, to avoid the tax issue and kept out of their way.
By the start of my junior year, it was big news that the Torrington Police had added the three additional rape charges to Teddy and that he was not welcome back in the school. My casual acquaintances tried to mend fences but I had no interest in them. I told them, "Go talk to your good friend Teddy, the rapist. I'm sure he wouldn't mind visiting with you every Saturday at the jail where he was awaiting trial." I didn't need any fair weather friends.
On the first day of school, I discovered that Wanda and I had identical schedules and it made me wonder why. I went to Ms. Timmons for answers. She informed me that Wanda had investigated my course schedule and rearranged hers to match it over the summer. She had also requested that we be 'partnered up' for any AP labs that we would have. As we were both in the AP curriculum and carrying four point GPAs, the academics advisor had no problem granting her request. They just hadn't bothered to mention it to me.
I left Ms. Timmons office more bewildered than when I entered it. I looked at my locker number, eleven fifty-four, and went to locate it before the start of classes. It was actually outside of my first period AP Calculus III class. I discovered it was also next to locker eleven fifty three, which happened to belong to... you guessed it... Wanda Swenson. I was beginning to sense a conspiracy.
Over the following year, we first became friends and then more than friends. I began to take a more proprietary interest in her. Our first date was to go to the Cultural Arts Festival on the Torrington University campus. We had a great time and after that, we became nearly inseparable. We celebrated our seventeenth birthdays, only two days apart, together in October. Her parents were thrilled that a Knight in Shining Armor had shown up to save their daughters virtue, but not so happy that he had started dating their daughter.
After all, my parents were just honest, hard working folks who weren't in debt up to their eyeballs living beyond their means like all the other people who were friends at their club. My parents owned their own home, not the bank. It may not have been a sprawling estate but it was in one of the better neighborhoods. They owed very little on their cars, sensible vehicles not luxury behemoths. They worked a total of four jobs to do it but so what? Obviously, they were socially inferior. (Please note the deep puddle of sarcasm gathering here at these statements.)
So, I didn't spend much time at Wanda's house. We spent our time out at the YMCA or the mall. We went to the movies. I kept my construction job and so had a plenitude of funds to spend. I made arrangements with Harry for titling and insurance and bought a mid-sized, well kept Nissan Sentra to drive around in; the Mustang never left the garage. I considered it a symbol of their disregard that my parents never noticed that it never moved. Wanda and I did many things together. We went to the museum, concerts, and the theater. I discovered that I liked theatrical productions. I also found that I detested opera. Fortunately so did Wanda. We went once and both agreed that it was a waste of time. I never pushed her for sex and she never failed to let me know she loved me and encouraged me to be affectionate and pet her anywhere I pleased and I pleased a lot!
When time for the junior prom came, Wanda's parents put their foot down. She could go, just not with me. Her mother had bought and had altered a truly lovely gown for the prom. They had arranged for Wanda to go to the prom with her fathers business associate, Brian Petrie's, son, Warren Petrie. He had a reputation at school as a known playboy and not taking a 'No' for an answer. When she had been informed of her so called 'date', Wanda was livid and put her foot down; if not with me, then no one, she was not going to go to prom at all. The dress sat in her closet wrapped in the plastic it had been delivered in. She never wore it. Wanda decided that since we weren't going to prom she was going to demonstrate her resolve. She asked me to pick her up in the afternoon around one at her friend Shelly's house. I, of course, agreed.
When I arrived, she was wearing a pair of hipster jeans and a turquoise blouse that looked fabulous on her small frame. Her breasts had undergone a growth spurt over the last few months and she was now sporting a very pleasant C cup. Her breasts look much larger given her small frame. Nevertheless, there was no question that she was absolutely knockout gorgeous. She climbed into the car and asked me to take her to lunch.
We went to the Toulon Café and had a lovely afternoon. We left the Café and went to the mall. Summer break was approaching and Wanda decided I could help her pick out a new swimsuit. She took me into Victoria Secret and made me sit as she selected several bits of lingerie. I almost came in my pants when she walked out into the store to ask my opinion of the white silk baby-doll nightie and thong panty set she was almost wearing. She laughed all the way back to the dressing room. She paid for her purchases with the credit card her parents had given her. She wanted them to know she was buying these things for me. We had never had sex and I wasn't about to push for it after what Teddy had nearly done to her. She was still seeing a psychologist about it. She walked me over to the Cell phone stand and proceeded to buy me the best cell phone/PDA out there, a Palm® Treo™ 700w Smartphone. She even paid the service plan fees in advance. I wasn't happy about it and resolved to have a check sent to her father for the bill on the service plan, the phone I would accept as her gift. We then went to the Wicked Weasel Store and she bought two swimsuits. Both of which would require a complete bikini wax.
We may not have had actual intercourse yet but we had done everything but. It was not unusual for me to give her at least two orgasms orally before I returned her home after our dates and she refused to let me go home with a hard-on. Her oral talents had improved with every blowjob she had given me. We had been each others first and only partners. I told her what felt good to me and she did the same. Our pleasure only increased. I had learned from the debacle that was my parent's relationship that communication was essential in any relationship.
Wanda would not let me take her home until after nine o'clock. When we arrived, there was a stretch limo in the driveway. The driver was leaning up against the side of the car. As we headed towards the house he signaled and we went over. Reaching into the back of the limo he retrieved a bottle of Champagne wrapped in a cloth napkin. "Take this and have it tested, I saw him put something in there before he got out. This is the last night I work for that little shit!" he handed Wanda a card. "If you need a witness call me."
I took the bottle and put it on the floorboard of my car. I used my new cell phone to call Sergeant Cassidy, the detective who had handled things with Teddy. He told me to remove the bottle from my car and not to go anywhere near the bottle after I had gotten it out of my car. He was coming to pick it up and would be here within moments.
About this time, her father came out of the house screaming at her demanding to know where she had been. They stood on the front steps screaming back and forth at one another. This went on for close to ten minutes. Her mother was standing looking worried in the doorway. Warren decided to get into the act and grabbed Wanda by the arm jerking her around to face him and yelled at her asking "Just who the hell do you think you are?"
I was on him in two steps. I had him by the throat and lifted his five foot eight inch frame from the ground. I leaned in to him and with every ounce of menace I could muster said, "The last man to touch her like that lost his freedom and his nuts. You touch her again and it'll cost you your life. If you understand me blink twice." He blinked twice and I dropped him to the ground I was turning to face her father as Warren fell. Before I could speak, two Torrington police cruisers and an unmarked Ford POS pulled up.
Detective Cassidy got out of the Ford, shook my hand and sent one of the officers to take the statement of the limo driver. I showed him the bottle that the driver had given Wanda and he bagged it as evidence. He searched both Warren and the limo and found more than an ounce of cocaine, a dozen ecstasy tablet, as well as several unknown tablets that turned out to be ketamine, called special K, and GHB, on Warrens person. Both are considered date rape drugs. The bottle of Champagne had been dosed with a cocktail consisting of all three drugs. Warren was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics and controlled substances as well as attempted rape using a mind altering substance. His lawyer got him a deal for three years inside and two on probation.
I walked up to Wanda's father and mother as Warren was being loaded into the cruiser and said, "I can see how the upper crust really are the people you want your daughter to associate with. I mean every family should want rapists and drug dealers in it as long as their family has enough money, right?" her father recoiled as though I had slapped him. Her mother burst into tears at what they had almost gotten their daughter into. I took Wanda in my arms kissed her long and hard, and then said good night.
Summer arrived and so did my job with the restorations. With more to put into the kitty, we ended up restoring four larger dwellings and when the work was done sold them for an extreme profit. For my investment of fifty-two thousand dollars I saw a return of two-hundred and fifty-two thousand dollars. I now had enough to go to any college I chose to attend. I also felt confident that I wanted to marry Wanda.
We spent every available moment together over that summer. If I wasn't sleeping or working I was with Wanda. I loved her more and more every day. On the days I didn't see her I was irritable and despondent.
I kept this to myself as I did with my college fund. My parents had absented themselves from my life for more than two years and I saw no reason to try to draw them into caring about me now. I spoke often with Ms. Timmons about my feelings and about my plans for after graduation. She helped Wanda and I check out colleges and scholarships. Wanda didn't need them, she had a trust that would take care of it but seeing me do it on my own had made her want to as well.
Our senior year was uneventful by comparison. After what I had done to two influential families in the community, I had earned the enmity of nearly the entire student body and most of the staff. Warren's mommy and daddy were heavy contributors until he went to jail as had been Teddy's parents. I held my 4.0 GPA and kept up on all of my schoolwork. I took the time to see Ms. Timmons almost every day. When my AP History papers began to get steadily lower grades I showed them to her and she arranged a little chat with the academic advisor, the superintendent, and a lawyer Ms. Timmons had arranged for me. I was eighteen and no longer needed my parent's permission to hire legal advisors.
The gist of the meeting was that if my grades suffered from any more sudden outbreaks of stupidity the school, the district and the school's board of governors could expect to find themselves paying me into my retirement to pay off the lawsuits. A college professor had examined my papers and given them superior grades all around for content, composition, and research. The bare C grade that they had been given was ludicrous. After that meeting, my grades were amended and my history papers were thereafter graded by the Principal, Mr. Thomason, himself a former history teacher.
When prom came around, Wanda again argued with her father about going with me. Wanda informed him that we would be attending the prom together, as well as graduation. He had a choice he could get out of her life, or he could get over his class prejudice and be happy for her. After the fiasco with Warren and seeing me defend her daughter a second time Wanda's mother had changed her mind and supported my relationship with Wanda.
We went to the prom and it wasn't until that night my parents figured out I that I was going to graduate high school this coming June. I looked at them blankly for a moment before walking out the door for my date.
Prom was made bearable by the fact that Wanda was the most spectacular looking woman in the room. Her auburn locks had been done up in a fancy twist with trailers framing her face. Her amber eyes set off the amber stone in the necklace I had given her for our birthday. Her mother had given her a pair of amber stud earrings to match as a gift for the prom. Her dress was an off the shoulder sheath style in a cloth-of-gold silk fabric. It looked absolutely amazing on her. We danced every slow dance and quite a few of the fast ones. I don't dance much but Wanda is a natural. Even so, she refused to dance with anyone but me. Her small circle of friends visited but it was awkward. They didn't want to be seen speaking with the school outcast.
We left the dance around midnight and took a cab to the after party we had planned to attend. We stayed only a short while. When several of the guests began passing around a mirror with coke on it we left. I had a suite at the Doubletree reserved. The cab dropped us off and we presented our I.D.s to the clerk showing that we were both eighteen. We went up to our room and slowly undressed each other. We made love until the early hours of dawn had come and gone. Wanda fell asleep astride me with her head cradled on my chest.
We awoke later that afternoon and made love again before I took her home. Her mother had threatened to divorce her father if he so much as raised his voice about her being out all night with me. He gave me hostile glances but said not a word to me. Why couldn't he understand that I loved his daughter?
As June approached, I got in touch with Harry and put one hundred thousand dollars to work in the renovation business. Harry found five large properties and gathered the crews to do the work. Two of the restorations would not be finished before school started but they would be complete before the first semester was over. Even so, my bank balance topped three hundred thousand dollars before the start of school in the fall with an additional one hundred and fifty thousand anticipated before the end of September, not including my initial investment. I never really thought about it much. Harry's CPA handled the money so that my tax liability was minimal. My tuition and fees would be paid directly from the bank. All I had to do now was say where to pay them.
Once we got our acceptance letters from U of M Columbia, we arranged for the fall quarter. I knew my father. I packed and was ready to spread the good news. We went to Wanda's house first.
Wanda and I had decided to attend U of M Columbia University School of Information Science and Learning Technologies. They had the programs for computer sciences we both wanted and with our grades, it would be no problem. Wanda's parents were ecstatic over her choice and the fact that she had been accepted when we told them; mine on the other hand were less than enthused.
My father's response was, "Your going to Torrington University for Business Administration, not Columbia. I've already enrolled you and signed you up for the courses."
Wanda had gripped my shoulders to try to help me keep calm. I had had it. After nearly three years of living by myself, my father thought he had the right to tell me where I was going to college and what I was going to take. He had never even discussed college with me. "No father as a matter of fact I'm not going to Torrington University. I am going to Columbia, I am going for Information Technology and I will be attending classes in the fall. If you want to go to Torrington feel free."
My father laughed, "I won't pay for it. You'll go where I tell you to go, by God and like it mister! I'm not paying for Columbia."
I cut him off, "Who asked you to?"
My question stumped him. "HUH?"
My mother asked, "What do you mean?"
I looked at my father. "Do you realize father that I haven't cashed an allowance check in the last two years? You never even noticed. You and mom never noticed that I had my walk-in closet converted into a kitchenette two years ago. Did you ever wonder why the grocery bills went down? I've been paying my own way since the day you told me 'It's none of my concern!' dad." I was angry now.
"I begged for either of you to listen to me and got told that I have no place in this family. Problems in this family were 'none of my concern'. I snorted in derision, "Family? What joke! When was the last time all three of us shared a meal father? Mother? I can tell you, on my birthday of my sophomore year. Now after two, almost three years you think you get to decide where I'll go to get my education, what education I'll get, and if I don't like it you'll cut the funding? Go ahead father. My plans never for an instant factored in a dime of your money. I have nearly a half a million dollars at my disposal to go where I choose for college. I picked Columbia so Wanda could come home and visit with her mom when she wants. That and they have one of the best computer sciences programs in the country. Wanda is graduating Valedictorian. I'm graduating magna cum luade one one-hundredths of a point behind her. I'm sure I can find scholarship money for us if I needed it. But I don't."
My mother and fathers jaws dropped open, "Half a million... ?" "Where the hell did you get that kind of money?" The perplexed look on their faces would have been funny if they weren't my parents. "You haven't been dealing drugs have you?" That was the final insult. No matter how the rest of this conversation went I was out of this house tonight.
"No father, I didn't deal drugs for it. I got it the real old fashioned way, I worked for it. I made twelve grand at my first summer job. You might remember you refused to take it for my tuition. My next summer job I invested it and renovated a property. I pocketed forty grand plus my investment. I've done the same every summer since I could work going bigger and more profitable every year. I've spent only what I needed to, to get by. I have enough in the trust I set up to pay tuition and living expenses while I go to college anywhere in the country. I've already reserved and put the deposit on our apartment." They looked at Wanda, "Yes I said our apartment. We'll be living together in a nice three bedroom. She'll have her own room if she wants, but I'd prefer she kept me company." I gave her hand a squeeze, "I love her and if she would have said yes I'd have married her already but she wants to wait till were out of college." I looked at my father as he exploded.
"You'll damned well do what I tell you while you're under my roof mister... !" That was the part I had been waiting on.
"FINE! I'm not under you're roof." I pulled out my cell phone and hit speed dial. "Mr. Morrison, Brock Champlain here, do you still have that furnished... You do? Great I'll be by within the hour to get the keys and sign the lease. Yes... I'll be attending Columbia in the fall. Thank you; you have a good day too." I turned to look at my parents. "There now, see wasn't that easy? I've already packed and loaded my car so I'll be saying good bye."
My mother looked at me puzzled and asked in a quiet voice, "When did you get a cell phone?"
Wanda gaped at her and said, "I bought it for him for his birthday two years ago!" I took her hand as I stood.
I looked at my father, "Don't make any threats about not coming back, dad. You needn't worry. You chucked me out of your life when it would have mattered, now it doesn't matter at all. I hope you and mom will actually talk to each other but I expect you haven't got anything to say to one another after so long. You can't use me as the excuse for the long hours anymore. Or being the reason you'll keep the second jobs. I'm keeping my email address so you can drop me a line if you aren't too busy. Of course you have been too busy for the last three years. If you decide you want to be a part of my life all you have to do is ask. " With that, I turned and walked from my parent's home. It was the last time I saw that house.
Wanda and I went to U of M Columbia and did well in the courses. Mom and dad divorced later that year using the no fault procedures for Missouri. I didn't hear about it until after it was over from one of Wanda's friends. Wanda and I were exhausted but we still managed to spend a little time with one another. The course load was heavy and with all of our AP courses, we were starting as sophomores. Still we progressed quickly. I bought a top of the line computer system and two laptops, one for each of us. We had most of the same classes and shared the love of computers. Sex with her was fantastic. We learned and grew together.
Things were going great, I thought, until the end of the last quarter. She had a trip to the hospital near the end of the quarter when she had a hypoglycemic episode. I was worried and took care of her but things went back to normal after about two weeks. I asked her to marry me and set a date for after our graduation. She never answered me. We had been at Columbia for three and a half years, were at the top of our class. The head hunters had been knocking on our door for the last three months offering six figure salaries. But suddenly, this quarter, our schedules didn't line-up. I didn't understand that. Our classes were the same but for some reason every course we had, was now in an opposing time slot. My classes were almost all morning, hers all evening. I had no classes Saturday, she had a full days load. Wednesday she was off and I had classes from eight till eight. At first, I wrote it off as screw-ups in the Admin offices. When I went to check on it though, I found that Wanda had requested the changes in her schedule herself. I had begun to wonder, "What was going on?" I told myself 'You are being paranoid.'
She had always spent at least one night a week in her own room. I missed her those nights. I couldn't sleep well when she wasn't there. Suddenly it wasn't one night a week; it was two or three nights a week. Our sex life dropped to nothing. I chalked it up to stress and too many late class hours. Still, I thought, it was just one quarter. We can make it through this. Then the derision started. It never bothered me to be called a 'techno-geek' or 'tech-weenie' before, because I like computers. I also couldn't give two shits for what most people thought of me. But when Wanda started throwing these around about me, it did hurt. It hurt a lot. She wasn't playful when she said it, she was harsh.
It was driving me nuts. She wouldn't talk to me. I couldn't see that I had done anything wrong except ask her to marry me. It all fell apart when my professor and I both came down with the flu. I got up and went to my eight a.m. class only to find it posted that he was out with the flu and would make up class next week in our weekly lab session. This was a two-hour block and I decided that I would just go home and rest. It would also mean time alone with my darling Wanda.
I pulled up to our apartment to find no spaces available. We had no neighbors in the two apartments above us so it didn't make any sense to me that the lot was full. I parked around the corner and walked back to our building through the snow. As I came by my bedroom window, I heard someone shout "I'mmmm Commmming!" I stumbled and sat down hard on the slushy curb. I knew what I had heard. It was a man's voice announcing his ejaculation. Coming from my bedroom window. I was outside so it wasn't me. I pulled out my cell phone and dialed the home number. After five rings, I was getting ready to hang up and go inside when Wanda answered. "Hello?" She hadn't looked at the caller ID and was severely winded.
"Hi honey, how are you? You sound winded." She paused for a second and I knew my suspicions were right.
"Oh I was just working out. You know my workout tapes; I've been slacking off a little lately." I winced at the lie. The VCR had "eaten" that tape two days ago and I hadn't replaced it yet, nor had I mentioned it to her, as I hadn't seen her when we weren't fighting. There was no hurry after all.
"Oh. Ok. I wanted to see if you wanted to meet me for lunch, I've got nearly an hour to kill and would love to spend some time with you." As I lied to her tears began to run down my face.
"Are you crying?" She asked. I got up and moved away from the line of sight of the windows. The last thing I saw was a man's wedding ring on the curtain as he moved it to see out of the window.
"No I'm not crying. My sinuses are running like a faucet. That's all. They broke lose while I was dialing you and haven't let up that's all." She must have believed the lie as she went on to explain she couldn't meet me as she was having lunch with her faculty adviser. Another lie! Her faculty adviser and mine shared offices and she had gone into labor early in the day yesterday. Everyone who was attending classes had heard about the surprise twins yesterday in the admin building. Therefore, she hadn't gone to class yesterday evening either. Her last class ended at eight and she had come home about nine-thirty saying she was in the lab. She was also too tired to sleep with me. Again. She also slept in her own room. Again.
I moved back to my car and got my digital camera. I put in the blank one-gig memory card and returned to the front of the building. I waited outside and across the street in the hedgerow and as they emerged one by one, I took pictures. Zoom lenses are a wonderful thing. They get you up close and personal with out actually being in sight. There were seven in all, and each one got a kiss. Not a peck on the cheek. However, a kiss full on the lips. Those I caught on video, using the camera's video clip function. I caught all of them on video, her in her blue silk negligee, nipples erect and visible, as she showed them out the door with their tongues inspecting her tonsils.
As the last one left, I turned and threw up my breakfast. I waited, as she finally emerged apparently dressed for the first time today. I ran to my room. It reeked of sex; the soiled sheets rumpled as they were, were still on the bed, my bed. Now I knew why she had insisted on the king sized bed. I packed all of her things and threw them into her room. I tilted the bed up on edge and slid it across the hall to her room as well. I took my cell phone and connected it to my laptop. I transferred all of the data from it to my laptop then pulled the SIM chip from it and reset it to factory defaults completely erasing the memory. I threw the useless phone onto the bed. I packed the camera away and put the memory card in my laptop bag.
I used the house line to call and cancel service to my cell phone and to request a new number for the house. I then called my doctor and made an appointment for later that afternoon. I called the maintenance man and had a shiny new 'pick-proof' lock installed on my bedroom door while I watched. Two hundred dollars ensured that I had the only keys. He informed me, "You look like shit Brock, you need to see a doctor." I smiled and told him of my appointment.
I locked up and left. I went to the bank, took half of our joint accounts, and put the money into my trust account; I had my name removed from the joint accounts. I'd have drained the accounts but I wasn't sure that was legal as she had added monies from her trust to it off and on. I went to the Mattress Shop and arranged delivery of a new twin-size box spring and mattress set and the accompanying frame and linens. The old bed had been a king size but I wouldn't sleep on it ever again for the transfer access codes to the U.S. Treasury.
I led the truck to the apartment and waited while they set up the bed. I locked up again and drove to my doctor's office. I had just signed in and removed Wanda as emergency contact when the lights went out. The nightmares were bad enough the first time around I don't care to relive them now.
I came to lying on a bed in a sterile white room. I looked around and noticed all sorts of medical apparatus. Shit I didn't die. I thought to myself. A few minutes later and a nurse with a very pinched look on her face came in and said, "Awake are we? Well, I'll just go get the doctor." She flounced out and took her attitude with her. I looked out the window and noticed it was dark out. I looked around and found a clock on the wall. Nine o'clock.
She should be home by now I thought. She'll see what's going on and I hope it hurts her as much as what I'm feeling right now. I had loved Wanda for seven years and now felt I had wasted all of that time. Every happy memory over the last seven years yielded only pain now. Now there was only the pain of another loss, another betrayal. I prayed for oblivion that never came.
Instead, a little man in a white coat came into the room. He introduced himself as Dr. Vogel. He was a small thin man about five feet four inches or so. He informed me that I had a severe case of pneumonia accompanied by a high-grade fever. He asked for my next of kin. I said "None." He asked whom to contact in an emergency. I told him there was no one. He asked about Wanda and I informed him that I didn't know which of her seven different boyfriends she was with at the moment and that she was no longer my emergency contact. This set off a new round of coughing. He nodded sadly and noted my refusal to see her in my chart. He ordered some medication and I drifted off into a drugged dreamless sleep shortly after. I woke up to feel someone holding my hand. I recognized the feeling well after seven wasted years. I straighten my hand and tried to pull it free but I was too weak. I looked over to see Wanda sitting in the chair. I looked at her and took as deep a breath as I could and wheezed, "Get your hands off of me!" The look of shock on her face showed that she had not expected it. She dropped my hand. "Doctor Vogel called you?" She nodded "Call him in here now. Him and a nurse."
She got up and returned a moment later with the two in tow. The doctor looked at me smiling, "So how are we feeling today? Better?"
I looked at him a moment and asked "You called her?"
He said, "Yes, I..." that was as far as he got.
I said as loudly as I could, "You're fired! Do you understand nurse? This man is no longer in charge of my treatment nor is he to have anything to do with my treatment. I specifically gave instructions not to contact this woman. Yet she is here at his invitation." I sucked desperately for air and began another coughing jag. My rage helped steady me. "I want her and this quack gone now!" The nurse looked at me, took both of them by the arms, and escorted them out. I lay there gasping for breath seriously considering leaving the hospital immediately, but every time I tried to sit up waves of pain and nausea swept over me. I don't remember passing out again.
The next time I woke up I again felt someone taking my hand. I was prepared to scream bloody murder but as I opened my eyes, I found a welcome face, "Hi Ms. Timmons." She looked at me and said, "Hi Brock, you look like hell. And I've told you to call me Linda now. You're no longer my student."
I gave her a wan little smile and said "Ok Linda. It's good to know I look like I feel. I'd hate feel this bad and look like a GQ cover boy." She smiled at my weak joke.
"Why did you say you had no next of kin? Your mother is outside worried sick about you. Your father's flight arrives from Amsterdam later tonight. Why did you fire your doctor? Why did you throw Wanda out of here? What's going on Brock?"
I looked at her for a few minutes and asked her to look for my laptop in the closet. I was hoping it was there as I'd had it with me when I collapsed. It and the memory card were there. As I raised the head of my bed into a sitting position, she set up the laptop on the small feeding table and plugged it into the wall. After it booted up I inserted the card into the built-in reader and loaded the pictures and video clips I had taken. I turned the screen towards her I couldn't look at them again. It hurt too much seeing it happen.
I told her the whole story start to finish from the time we got here until I collapsed at the doctors office. Linda looked at them with a look of profound confusion on her face. "I love her more than anything, Linda but she obviously doesn't feel the same about me. Seven guys. At once. In our bed. Why?" I dissolved into tears and she sat on the edge of the bed and held me until I fell asleep. When I woke up again I just felt numb. No anger, no joy, no sadness. Just... empty.
My mother was dozing fitfully in a chair near the foot of my bed. I called for a nurse and asked her to bring a blanket for her and a glass of water for me. My mother woke when the nurse turned on the faucet. The nurse handed me my glass and muttered "Sorry." as she scuttled out.
"Hi mom." She came over, took my hand and held it to her face as she began to cry. I hadn't seen her or my father since the day I walked out of my father's house. She looked older. Still beautiful at forty-four she looked drawn and tired.
"Why didn't you call me? Why did I have to hear that you were sick from Wanda's parents? I'm your mother."
I took as deep a breath as I could, which in my condition was pretty shallow, and asked, "Why did I have to hear about your divorce from one of Wanda's friends? I wasn't a concern when I left and you haven't changed that in the three years I was gone. I told you when I left that if you wanted to be a part of my life all you had to do was ask."
The short speech left me gasping for air. It was hard to breathe and my chest felt tight. My mother asked, "How could I call? You made it clear that you didn't need me or your father."
I looked at her for a moment and said sadly, "If you're going to lie to yourself fine but don't lie to me. I was there mother, remember. I begged you not to send me to that school, not to spend that much money. I begged you both to spend the time on each other and you, you told me it was none of my concern! The matters of this family were none of my concern. You do realize that you and dad both signed off on the paperwork to create my trust accounts don't you? You signed permissions for the modifications to my room?" She looked shocked. "I came in and told you I needed you to sign forms for me. You glanced over to locate the line and signed it without ever reading them or asking me what they were for, Dad did the same thing the next morning. As long as my grades were up you and he both ignored me. In the last three years, I've heard nothing from you or dad. In the three years before that I heard only slightly more. I've wanted and needed my mother and father for the last six years but as you and he told me, you are none of my concern." As I spoke tears raced across my cheeks and a new coughing fit began. My mother left the room and went to find the nurse.
I looked and saw my clothes in the cubby that passed for a closet. I managed to pull myself upright and get to my clothes. Putting them on left me weak but I was determined. I looked into the hall and saw my mother fussing with the nurse. There was a wheelchair near the next door down the hall. I sat in it and used it to get me to the elevators. In moments, I was in a cab on my way to my apartment.
I arrived just before noon. There was no one home and I found myself relieved by that fact. I had the cab wait for me and packed my bag as quickly as I could. I nearly passed out from fatigue but my resolve let me get my things and get out. As I looked at what had been my home I took the keys from my ring and put them on the coffee table. I picked up my bag and closed the door behind me.
I entered the waiting cab and directed him to the bus station. He looked at me and asked if I shouldn't go back to the hospital. I just stared at him for a moment; he shrugged, turned around and drove me to the bus station.
Once in the terminal I used the ATM to draw a large advance on my credit card and then to transfer the money to cover it from my account. I now had three grand cash to take care of my needs. The bus from Columbia to Springfield took more than eight hours with the various stops. From there I purchased another ticket for the express to New York. It left fifteen minutes later without me. It would be thirty hours getting to New York and by that time, I would be lost to any pursuit.
I walked out to the newsstand and got a local listing paper for apartments. I didn't know the area at all so I picked a complex offering efficiency apartments. I hailed another cab and took it to the complex. Within an hour I had a new place. I locked the door and sat down in a corner and dozed off.
I woke up in another hospital. I was in ICU this time I could see them through the glass wall; my mother, Linda Timmons, my father, Harry and Wanda. As I watched even Wanda's parents came into view, pointed down the hall as they spoke and everyone walked out of sight. All except Wanda and my mother, they occupied the two chairs that were outside my room. I closed my eyes and I knew I was in hell. Linda was the only friendly out there and would most likely be the last one to see me. I drifted into oblivion.