The Color Excerpts (Oct. 24, 2016)
Roc opened the door to see Diana, Roc’s ex-wife, standing eye-to-eye with him. The six-inch heels helped with that. She had a presumptuous smile on her face as Roc stood in a militant stance. Only a woman as strong as Diana could keep him in line like that.
“Good afternoon, Rupert,” Diana said in a singsong voice. “I
hope I’m not interrupting anything, but you are a hard man to
track down. May I come in?”
Before Roc could answer, Diana strutted her way into the living
room. Mike kept his eyes glued to the TV.
“Well, don’t be rude, Mike. You can say hello,” Diana said.
“Hey, Didi,” Mike said with his eyes forward.
Roc dragged his heels inside the living room. Diana turned to
him, and they had a standoff while Mike drank his beer one gulp
at a time.
“What are you doing here?” Roc asked.
“I’ve come to talk to my husband.”
“Well, my time is very expensive. Why don’t you come back next
week, and we can set up an appointment?”
“That would be great if next week would ever come for you. I’ve
been setting up appointments for lunch, at your office, and at your
house that you apparently don’t live in anymore, but you always
seem to be busy at the last minute. Quite frankly, I’m tired of being
jerked around. I just want to settle this once and for all.”
“If this is about money, we can work this out.”
Diana snickered at the insult. She took a second to look at
Roc—to really see into the windows of his soul. Her forced smile
faded away with a dark realization. “Is that what you’ve been telling
people?” she asked with a cracked voice. “All of this time, you’ve
been making me seem like the crazy bitch who just wants money
from you when all I really want is for you to sign these damn divorce
Diana pulled the folded papers out of her purse and threw
them at Roc’s feet. “Sign them! Let me live my life,” she pleaded.
“Do the right thing for once, and you will never hear from me
Roc picked up the papers and cradled them in his hand. “I
just thought…with time, things would smooth over. We could get
a fresh start.”
“You couldn’t have possibly thought that was an option for us
for a split second. We were miserable together. We worked all the
time. We argued all the time. Hell, we cheated on each other all
the time. What kind of marriage is that?”
Roc had no words.
“Now I’m sorry things played out the way they did, and I definitely
didn’t want to do this in front of any one of your friends, but
you’ve left me no choice.”
Diana reached in her purse and grabbed a pen. “Just do what’s
best for both of us, Rupert.”
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