March 14, 2012
This story started out as a constructive comment to the author whose pen name is Vulvus and has written prolifically for Storiesonline I offered these changes for him to use as his. He did not seem interested. I believe he encouraged me to submit this on my own.
The names of the characters and basic premise of the story are all his. I offer this story only as an alternative. I do not claim credit for any originality. You may read his story: "My boss wins, my wife and I loose."
I have submitted one story on this website, and this is the second. I do not anticipate writing any more, and am curious what others think about these two stories.
Vulvus wrote his story through the eyes of the husband. I tried to write it in the third person. There may be lots of mistakes because I have tried to use the "Word Search," and "Find and Replace" commands to globally change things like "I" to "Dean," change "We" to "They," etc. Don't try it!!!
Ray and Dean had known each other all of their lives. Their parents were best friends and next door neighbors so they didn't have any choice but to try and get along. But for some reason, and nobody could say why, they never liked each other. They had made an uneasy truce and a less than friendly rivalry. They started playing together at their parent's insistence. Even back then though, even at the ages of three or four they didn't like each other.
They graduated from high school and Ray and Dean both went away to college. Ray's dad owned the only bank in town. It was a very big bank that was the only place for anybody to borrow money from. He put Ray through college and when he graduated Ray planned on coming back and going to work for his dad.
Dean went to a small Liberal Arts School and finished with a degree in Business. Dean was able to start an online business selling repaired airplane parts. Dean had started out with a small lathe and was able to sharpen drills. That led to repairs of larger parts and tools.
Part of their conflict was that they still had the same friends. So that whenever they came home from college if there was a party or just a few guys getting together then more often than not both of them were there.
All through school they had competed in everything. They competed for grades. They competed in sports. They competed for girls. When they got cars they nearly killed themselves racing on the back roads. Most of their friends thought it was amusing. They knew that they competed in everything. But they thought that it was a friendly rivalry. It wasn't. They couldn't stand each other.
Ray met a girl in college. Kathy was a beautiful blonde from upstate. She was smart and funny and personable. Dean never knew what she saw in him. But they got married right after they graduated from college. They came back to town and Ray's dad helped him build a nice little house on a few acres of land down by the river just outside of town.
When Ray came back to the Bank after he graduated he seemed to have settled down a little. Dean had met Ray's wife and saw her now and then. She seemed real nice and Dean thought that maybe she would settle Ray down a little. And at first she seemed to.
It even seemed like Ray and Dean tolerated each other a little better at first. But that didn't last long. It wasn't six months before Kathy left him. He went after her and made all kinds of promises and she came back after a few weeks. For a while it looked like things were getting back to normal, like they were going to make a go of it.
It didn't last though. It was only about three months later that she left, for good this time. They got divorced and there were some rumors about things Ray had done, or tried to get Kathy to do. But Dean didn't know who was spreading them or if they were true.
Ray started acting more like his old self after the divorce. Dean couldn't do anything but take it though. Some days Dean went home from work so mad he couldn't talk to anyone for hours.
Dean wasn't dating, but he wasn't a hermit. He had a lot of friends and they got together regularly. He would have liked to have had a little love in his life. But He was still young and wasn't desperate. He figured it would come eventually.
A mutual friend invited Dean to dinner that evening. There was nothing unusual about that and Dean accepted gladly. When he showed up he was introduced to Roger's cousin, Erin. Erin was the office manager for Ray's Bank.
She and Dean hit it off immediately. She was smart and funny and pretty and damn she was hot! She had the looks and vivacity of a young Kelly Ripa. She had the same tanned complexion, smile and giggle, but had much longer hair and legs. She had a very innocent way of curling her legs up under her wearing those incredibly short mini-skirts. Dean didn't think she knew what she was doing when she sat like that ... They ended up going for a walk after dinner that lasted for three hours. They didn't go anywhere and they didn't do anything. They just walked around town and talked. By the time Dean dropped her off that night he was in love. Dean was pretty sure that she was falling for him too.
When Dean invited Erin to go for a ride in the morning, she accepted immediately. He drove home that night with his head in the clouds.
Just like that, they were married six months later. It was a simple, civil ceremony held in her parent's home. His parents were there and a dozen of their closest friends. Since he was her employer, they felt that they had to invite Ray as well. Dean was very disappointed when he came.
Dean wasn't worried about Erin and all of the attention she received from Ray on their wedding day. He knew that she could hold her own with him. But Dean felt that he was spending entirely too much time with her and he resented it. It was obvious; In fact it was too obvious that he was infatuated with her. People noticed and he thought even her parents were embarrassed.
They had been living well within their means over the last few years. Dean wasn't making a lot of money by big city standards. But he was doing alright. He had managed to save a pretty good bit of money so they could have afforded a nice honeymoon.
They decided not to though. It would have been nice. But they decided to save the money instead and start watching for a good buy on a nice house.
They were perfect together. Neither of them had much experience with sex. Neither were virgins or had much experience, but they both loved their sex life. They were somewhat adventurous and open minded. There was more than enough lust in their lives, especially those first few months.
Eventually things settled down in their lives. Dean's business was doing alright, but t was still new. He spent lots of the profits on new equipment and set aside lots of it for down payment on a big new house. They were doing alright though. All of their entertainment was free or almost free. They got together with friends. They had cookouts and swimming parties at the river. Maybe once a month they would drive into the city for a meal at a restaurant. It was a different lifestyle than people in the city are used to. But for them, it was what they were used to. It was what they were comfortable with. It was what they enjoyed.
For the first few months after they got married Erin would come home to have lunch with her husband. They would eat together out on a picnic table under a tree in back. Ray started to be a problem though. He constantly hung around and flirted with her. He would almost hit on her. It didn't seem to bother him at all that Dean would hear about it. Once Ray started showing her lots of attention, she seemed to put all of her provocative clothing away. Her dresses got longer. Everything buttoned all the way up. Dean didn't like it, but could understand the change.
They weathered those problems and felt closer and stronger for having survived them as well as they did. They started that spring with an unstated but mutual resolve to put all of that behind and get on with their lives. They were still grieving for their loss of both of their parents. They had both been close to their families. But they they're determined to get past it.
When the River's were moved into an assisted living home by their son who had moved to Connecticut they put their home up for sale. A good friend let Dean and Erin know about it before it was even advertised and they jumped at it. The house was a little large for their needs. But now that they had a teen-aged daughter, they didn't think the extra rooms would go to waste. It took every cent they had in the bank and the payment was higher than they would have liked. But they loved the house and buying it seemed like a good hedge against inflation.
All of a sudden things went bad for Dean's business. The economy went into the tank. The airlines cut back drastically. His online parts company was going bankrupt. Dean would clearly need a very large loan to get some better equipment to get things built cheaper. The orders were cut down by about 80%. Erin made decent money, but it would be a real struggle to get by on Dean's business draining all of their savings. Without her income now, they would easily lose a house that was about 80% paid for.
Dean went in to see Ray about a loan. Ray said he would get back together with Dean in a few days. Unknown to Dean, this was playing right into Ray's hands. He had been suppressing a crush on Erin for a long time. He had tried to make advances on her continually since before she had been married. Now he saw his chance. When she got home that evening, Erin looked visibly depressed. Dean asked her what was wrong. She said "Ray had mentioned that you had applied for a loan."
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