"I really have to pee," Madge announced loudly, the irritation evident in her voice.
John sighed. This is not what he'd intended when he booked the trip. The environment, the shared experience of beauty... the package was supposed to bring them together, help them rediscover intimacy. Between the trip itself, the gear, and new clothes, he'd sunk a lot of money into the trip. He'd wanted Madge to see that life... that he... wasn't all about work.... Maybe he was just trying to assuage his guilt....
"I'm serious. I really have to pee. Bad."
Madge looked past him to the tour guide, seeking his eyes behind his dark glasses.
"Uh, you bet," the young man answered her slowly, dragging out the words. "Let's just get past this next rapid--"
"Hope I don't pee in the boat then," she pouted. "I really didn't expect these kinds of conditions... no bathrooms... Can't they just set up porta potties along the river? Jesus."
Madge continued to grumble, at least quietly now, to anyone in the boat who would listen, as John simply stared at her. What had he been thinking? Where was his brain when he'd seen her at Jack's party in her red stilettos and tiny black dress? What had possessed him to marry her, for Christ's sake? All that Catholic guilt, all that still trying to please his father shit. All that need for a trophy to prove who he was. One thing was certain, she wasn't who he was. She was now the albatross around his neck, and the sooner he made amends, the sooner he would be free. He cleared his throat.
"What, John?" She turned to face him.
"I've been having an affair."
~ S. Kay Murphy
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