I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have done that.
I haven’t been touched like that in years. I haven’t felt this way ever. Please don’t make this something sleazy. I couldn’t bear it. Kieran never even looks at me anymore and I’m supposed to live like a Madonna while he cheats on me with a child.
No. It’s not fair. I deserved this, you said so yourself. I’m worth more than this – this life.
You meant that, didn’t you?
Yes, I did. But my job is to give you a safe place to heal. I can’t – I can’t be your therapist anymore.
Oh God, I did it again, didn’t I? I ruined the one good thing I had. I understand. I’ll – I won’t bother you anymore.
I went after him, ready to tell him everything. He loved me. He would forgive me and I would be a better wife. I would quit. I would never let Mikey touch me again.
I saw him flirting with some bartender and that’s when I knew. He didn’t love me. Perhaps he never had. I stood there watching them and tried to think of the last time Kieran told me he loved me.
Never. Not once.
But surely, I thought, when the boy was born. He must have said it then. But no, he’d said, “Thank you for our son, love.” That is not the same as saying I love you. My mind went further back, to our wedding, to when he proposed. He’d said the vows, “to love and to keep,” he’d said we could be happy, but never that he loved me.
All this time, I thought I was the weak link, that I was the problem. I can’t believe I got this so wrong.
The tears began to fall and Henry reached over to try and console her.
Warning: Dubious consensual sex. No nudity, though.
Five years ago: Continue reading
It’s so empty and quiet downstairs.
I had to reschedule your appointment for later than usual. You’re my last patient for the day.
I kind of like it. It feels like we’re the only people left in the world.
You seem different today. What’s been happening?
Do I? I guess it’s because I’m going back to work. I’m a little nervous but it feels good to leave the house for something other than doctors’ appointments.
Anyway, Kieran is a little upset but I can’t worry about that, can I? This is who I was when he met me, I can’t just drop everything because he married me and I had his child. I want to at least try to get my life back and I think being around people and doing some of the things I used to will help. Staying home isn’t.
It feels like I can finally breathe! I’m going to the club right after this session, actually.
It’s nice to see you so happy.
It’s nice to feel so happy.
He has this cousin, Grace. She used to be a he, so I guess she has some problems. So in the beginning, he used to go see her all the time. Every Wednesday like clockwork.
After we got married, after the pregnancy got bad, I was scared of being home alone for more than a few hours. What did I know of babies?
He was so… I don’t know a way to put it without it sounding…
Don’t worry about that. Just tell me.
At first, he was so loving, doting even. He used to play the piano for me and the baby. He would rub lotion on my belly and talk to it. We took naps together. But then, a couple of weeks became a month, two months. He grew sullen. He was constantly on the phone. I think Grace was upset that I was taking so much of his time.
I told him to go, that I would be fine. That his family should come first. He left the next day and was gone for a week.
When he came back, he seemed happier, so I thought a week alone, unable to really do much of anything on my own was worth it. To see that look on his face again, it was worth it.
The phone calls started up almost immediately. I became upset. I know his family is important to him but I’d hoped that after we married, I’d be important too, that I’d be family.
I didn’t want to cause a fuss though, so when he said he had to leave again, I smiled and said okay.
He left and didn’t come back for what felt like weeks.
When he asked me to marry him, I thought my life would change. I thought he would make things better. He promised to be there for me.
I think – I think I ruined it, like I ruin everything else. I wanted so much. Too much, I guess.
Why do you say that?
He’s pulling away. He’s become so distant. I’m worried that he regrets marrying me. I – I’m afraid of being…of being intimate with him. My body is so very different after the baby. What if – what if he finds me ugly now?
He has this version of me in his head and sometimes I see disappointment in his eyes when he looks at me. I’ve tried working out more. I’m so thin, I’ve lost my breast milk. But still, he looks at me and I feel so discouraged.
What am I going to do?