This is a story that has been on the shelf for awhile. It is about a bunch of people that interact with each other. Not a particularly happy story. Jasimine might be a good study as a psychiatric subject.
"Hi Hon, you're going out with Sherry tonight, right?"
"Yes. Why, do you have to work late again?"
"Yeah. Two more weeks and then I'm home every night. It has been a rough three months for both of us, I know. I'll make it up to you, I promise.
"It's not been that bad as long as Sherry has been willing to go out once a week. We have a couple of drinks and I am always home by nine. I have been home before you every time except once."
"You got it. Have fun."
The project I had been working on was winding down. Jasmine had been good about it after the first couple of weeks since she had convinced her sister for a night out. Usually I wasn't too enamored with my sister-in-law, but she had kept Jas off my back. Jas had found a good baby-sitter so she could get out of the house. Tonight I was working alone in the office and then I had to drop some papers off at the hotel over by the airport and they would go out with my out-of-town counterpart, Kent. He had finished his end of the project earlier today and was waiting there for me.
I walked into the hotel looking for my co-worker. Kent was married, but he hit different lounges when he was away from home. He claimed he loved his wife, but I don't think his marriage vows kept him in check. I found him standing next to the entrance to the restrooms. "Hey Jimmy, I got something on the hook. Two hot babes and they promised to go up to my room. You're welcome to sample either one."
"I need to talk to you about a couple of things about the project. It'll take at least three-quarters of an hour."
"You had dinner?"
"Why don't you get dinner? I suspect these two are married, because they said they had to leave by eight-thirty. That still won't make you too late getting home. You sure you don't want to join me upstairs?"
"No. You go ahead. I'll be up later." I wanted to see who Kent had lined up, so I backed around the corner where I could see him and his babes. I saw all right. It was Sherry and Jasmine. I felt like I was just kicked in the gut. I watched as the three headed for the elevator. Both girls were giggling and Kent had his hand cupping their butts. They acted as if they loved it. I saw Jasmine reach over and rub the front of his trousers. An older couple were passing and the woman got a disgusted look on her face. The man looked envious.
I headed for the bar. To hell with eating, I wouldn't be able to swallow anything solid. I downed a scotch and ordered another. I couldn't let go of what was happening upstairs! I called Kent's room. "Kent, maybe I will join you. When I come up, let me in will you?"
"Sure, these babes are hot and one has drained me already. I need help." In five minutes I was standing outside his room knocking on the door. Kent had slipped on a pair of boxers. I could see one woman in bed with her head covered. "Where is the other one?" I whispered to Kent.
"In the bathroom taking a douche. She'll be out in a minute. Take a look at this one." He walked over and pulled the cover totally off Sherry.
Sherry lay their naked. She had her eyes squinched closed with a big grimace on her face. That didn't last long. When she opened her eyes a look of horror came over her face. She made a grab for the sheet, but Kent thought she was playing by acting shy and wouldn't let her have it. Finally Sherry jumped off the bed and ran to the bathroom door screaming for Jasmine to open it. I watched her all the way. She was nowhere as beautiful as Jasmine, being shorter and thicker through the middle.
Kent, puzzled by the action of Sherry, asked, "What's the matter with her?"
"That Kent, is my sister-in-law. I suspect you have just finished having sex with my wife. This was girls night out while I worked. I guess they like playing a different game when I'm not around."
"Man, I didn't know."
"Hey don't sweat it. I'm not blaming you. Leave them in there. Let's get this project finished." I strung out my business with Kent for almost an hour. I knew both were watching from the bathroom.
Jasmine's cell rang. It was lying on the table beside the bed. I picked it up and answered it. It was the baby-sitter wanting to know when Jasmine would be home. "I'm with her. It will be an hour before we get there. Will that be too late for you?"
"No, Mr. James. She just has never been this late before." I had seen the women peek out while I was talking on the phone.
"What are you going to do?" Kent was getting worried now.
"I'm taking all of their things. Clothes, phones, money and everything. I imagine if they call the hotel management they might furnish something to cover themselves with. You can pay their taxi fare to Sherry's home as I have the keys to her car. Tell my wife not to come home tonight. Relay that I have to work tomorrow and she will find the baby at her mother's. I'll drop him off on my way. Kent, tell me how was my wife anyway? Be honest, I'd like to know."
"She gave me some of the wildest sex I've ever had."
"That's good to know. I'm glad for you. It hasn't been that great for me recently. Well, I'll see you one more time when this project is completed at the end of next week. See you." I walked out with clothes and their bags bundled under my arm. The only thing I left them were their shoes. Security didn't even glance my way when I passed them in the hall.
I went home and paid the baby-sitter and looked in on my son. Poor little tyke. His world was going to be seriously turned upside down. I went to bed. The phone rang and I let it go to the answering machine. It was Jasmine saying she was at Sherry's but Bill was raising hell and she wanted to come home before the cops were called by the neighbors. I took the phone off the hook and went back to bed.
At four-thirty the police were at the front door. Jasmine was standing behind the officer. The baby was wakened by the doorbell and he was crying for his mother. Jasmine could see him whimpering in my arms. She started to come by the cop. He held his hand out stopping her from coming near me. "Can your wife come home? Her brother-in-law kicked her out and she needs a place to stay. I suspect as violent as he was acting he has been arrested by now." I opened the door wide and stepped out. Jasmine came by the officer and I handed Punky to her. She rushed into the house cooing to the baby.
"Will you two be all right? No fighting or anything?"
"Sure, I'm not a physical person."
"We'll be checking off and on."
"Be my guest. I've never raised my hand to her even if she is a cheating slut."
Jasmine had stopped to see what the officer would say to me. He looked at her with a question. "I'll be okay. You can leave. I'll be safe enough." The officer left shaking his head. I guess he had been in all kinds of domestic situations.
"Jimmy--" Jasmine started to say something.
"Jas, don't say a damn word to me. You've just about killed me. Now I'm going to be the butt of the company gossip. If you were going to cheat on me, why did it have to be with someone I know? Go on, get out of my sight. I'm sleeping in the guest room. You can take care of Punky."
I looked into our bedroom when I got up. Jas was sleeping with Punky cuddled in her arms. I made coffee and left the pot plugged in for her. I ate breakfast at the diner near where I worked. When my boss showed up, I requested a meeting. "Pete, I caught my wife cheating last night. Kent picked up two women at the hotel bar. It just happened to be my wife and her sister. I want a transfer out of town to another division as soon as possible."
"I don't see how that is possible."
"I quit then."
"Whoa, don't do that. I need you right here. Think about it for a few days. Have you talked this out with your wife yet? What about your kid? You going to leave him, too?"
"No. Oh God, I don't know. I'm seeing a lawyer later today if I can get an appointment."
"Use the company attorney. That's what we pay him for. I'll set it up for you. I take it you're worried about gossip. I'll call Kent and tell him to keep his mouth shut. He will because he won't want his wife finding out. The company doesn't approve of our managers picking up women in bars. I'll get on his supervisor's ass to give him hell. Where are you on the project you are working on?"
"I don't have much to do on it this week. The staff will put it together. With some long days, I'll be able to wind it up next week."
"Take a few days off. Get things settled and decide what you're going to do about your wife. Leaving the company just isn't an option. I know you must be terribly hurt. You have to decide what is going to hurt the least, keeping her or divorcing her. Good luck."
I went home and pulled the lawn mower out of the garage and did the mowing. I trimmed around the flower beds and pruned the lower branches on the flowering crab tree. Jas came out and stood waiting for me to recognize her presence. "Jimmy, I made you a sandwich. Would you come in and eat it?" I put the tools away and went in and cleaned up. I sat down. "Jimmy--"
I cut her off. "Jas, if you have an excuse, I'll listen to you. I can't think of one that I could conceivably accept, but I will listen. Punky is nineteen months old. How much thought have you given him? I have a meeting with a lawyer this afternoon at two. Maybe he can advise me what to do, for I surely don't know."
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