A Tale of Two Women

The Two

Anita was having the best of times,
Gwen was having the worst of times.

Anita was laughing at a comedian
Gwen didn’t find at all funny.

Anita was enjoying the meal,
Gwen could barely choke down a bite.

Some hours ago, Gwen had,
again, caught her husband with
another woman.

Gwen had, again, made her ultimatums.

Gwen had, again, forced herself to stay
with Abe because....
she forgot why she had to stay with Abe right now.

All Gwen knew was that Abe had spoiled another day in her life.

And although he wasn’t physically here, no man was, for this was the Women’s Movement’s Annual dinner, Abe was sitting in her head like a tumor.

Anita tries

Anita was enjoying herself.
The venue was fantastic,
the food was great,
the people were exhilarating.

Anita had tried to perk up
Gwen’s ‘vibes’. She had tried
but gave up.

There was no sense in making herself miserable on Gwen’s behalf.

If Gwen wanted to wallow in her husband’s adultery, fine She could wallow. Anita would not.


Anita leaves

The dinner was ending,
The members were saying
good night with check kisses
hugs, jokes...Gwen didn’t want
to go home.

Anita saw it. To make conversation;
“It was a great dinner...” she said.

“I didn’t notice.” Gwen snapped.

“That because you’ve got Abe on the Brain.”

“I don’t want to talk about it.” growled Gwen.

“You don’t have to talk about it Everyone knows about it. “

“Go away now Anita...”

“Thanks, I will.”

Anita, hanging up her Good Samaritan efforts, went to her car and called her husband.

“Hi Hon, on my way, just leaving the Wyndham. Should be no more than thirty minutes.”

She called so Howie would get back to the house, get rid of his girl friend, clean up any mess, and she wouldn’t have to ‘catch him.’

Thinking about the Past

The first time Anita caught Howie she was devastated. After all she’d done for him, that he could betray her with someone like Hortense, well it killed her. It absolutely killed her.

He swore, he promised, he begged, and it took a month for her to get half over it. Get over it, but appreciate it was only a matter of time for Howie to be unfaithful again.

Then Anita realised that she didn’t have to ever get ‘over it’, she could leave it, and use it.
Use it to give her carte blanche; that she could do what she wanted, after all, Howie had already broken the vows.

Anita decided she had to talk to Gwen. The woman was at least ten years younger, looked ten years older, and was miserable.


Supermarket`

Anita bumped into Gwen at the supermarket.

“Let me buy you coffee, we can shop later.”

“I have to get home.” Gwen snapped

“To an empty house?”

Gwen looked at Anita with dripping hate.

“Sweetie, my Howie can’t keep his zipper closed. If ten women work at his office, he has slept with at least five of them. And the only reason he hasn’t slept with the others is either because they are old enough to be his mother, happily married, or with a guy that looks better than he does.”

“Why do you put up with it?”

“My dear; while the cat’s away, this kitten can play,” and Anita did the sexiest meow ever,
Gwen laughed in spite of herself, let go of the cart and they went to a little restaurant.

Anita went over the first time with Howie and how she dealt with it.
Gwen asked a lot of questions.
Anita had answers.

“The first thing is to go to a gym and reclaim your body. After two or three visits you’ll feel in control and look better. Then you keep your eyes open and make yourself available. Even if you don’t meet anyone, you act as if you will. Then you take yourself places. You stop staying home alone. “

-

Over Coffee

Gwen could not believe what she was hearing.
Anita was the last woman she would expect to be ‘wild’. Gwen was unsure if she should listen, if she should even consider...

“So you have a ... lover?” Gwen tried.

A? One? Of course not. I have many. Never depend on one man. Why should I leave Howie because I fell in love with Mark, and then Mark cheats on me with Fiona? Better I see Mark, and Jerry, and Victor, on and on, different men, different places, different times, so that all they are to me is fun. "

Gwen couldn't believe what she was hearing.

"Do you know I laugh in bed? When I make love to my lovers, I’m laughing, and they are laughing and we are having nothing but fun. So when I come home, I’m feeling great. There is no drama. It’s all comedy.”

Gwen was so stunned she couldn’t process the information.

Then Anita asked; “Which days does Abe stay out to about midnight?”

“The usual, Friday/Saturday.”

“Okay...now I’ll pick you up ten minutes after he leaves...”

“He doesn’t come home on Friday, he works late...”

“Fantastic! I’ll pick you up at work, and well go to one of my favourite places, it's a meeting of a really interesting group; we discuss movies...this week we are talking about Casablanca, take a look on line. We meet at the Green Leaf Hotel at 5:30. The meal is paid for by our dues and we talk about the movie. The M.C. will run some clips, and the people there are fantastic. You’ll meet someone. If you don’t so what? You went out.”

Gwen left, getting halfway home before she realised she hadn’t shopped. She stopped and bought a few things from a shop, got home and went into the bathroom, just to confine her mind.

At the Club

Gwen hadn’t decided whether to go or not when Anita came to pick her up. Gwen had tried to decline but Anita ignored her. The next thing she knew is she was at the Green Leaf.

There were a few dozen people all animated, and soon, she was engaged in conversation.
She spoke to everyone and had a wonderful evening.

She was very animated in the car as Anita drove her back to the office so she could get her own vehicle.

"Thanks so much! I think I really want to join that Club!" Gwen smiled.

Things Change

The Friday meetings were only one of the activities Anita set for her. There was the gym each Monday and Wednesday evening from 5 to 7. There was the Saturday 'Girls Night Out' and a sprinkling of special events during a month.

Gwen met a number of men and although she was a bit reluctant to go beyond seeing them at the Club, over time she ran into them at other places, had a few lunches, and a few dinners, and soon enough, she had a life not too different from Anita.

"It is a far, far better thing I do..." Gwen thought the first time she had sex with Vic.

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dashingscorpio 21 months ago

Long ago I realized there really are no such things as universal "deal breakers". Whatever you or I may consider to be a "deal breaker" there are lots of folks living under those conditions who have no plans to leave.

Essentially these women have elected to have "open marriages" over getting divorces. I'd be curious if the couples still have sex together.

Cheating in response to one's mate cheating AKA "revenge cheating" is not that uncommon. It's aso probably not that rare for long-term married couples to essentially (live separate lives privately) while continuing to make public appearances as a "loving couple" for family and social outings.

In the end I suppose if one has reached the conclusion that cheating is NOT a "deal breaker" and they're no longer "in love" with their mate but want to maintain their household, standard of living, and social standing then having an "open marriage" may be the best way for them to go!


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qeyler 21 months ago Author

In these cases, the husband is sneaking around, thinking if his wife doesn't jump in his face, she doesn't know; (Anita's style). The Husbands have absolutely no idea what their wives are doing and would swear they are 'home alone'.

You'll find many cases where husband like his life as is...he wants Gwen for his wife, he doesn't want her to leave, he has no intention of moving his gal in to replace her.

If Gwen realises this, and creates her own life, so that her emotional needs are met by others, then as long as 'Abe' doesn't know, it can go on and on.

As you said, there isn't one 'deal breaker'.

For some women, one slap is divorce, for others, they go to the cemetary and their husband's to prison.

For some men it could be nagging/complaining.

For most women, never going for a divorce if it will cause a drop in status is the choice.


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dashingscorpio 21 months ago

I agree with you.

Most cheaters want to hold onto all that is "good" in their primary relationship while addressing their other "needs" on the side.

(They're not looking to replace one relationship with another.)

Either way whatever the cheater feels is "missing" in their marriage they don't consider it to be a "deal breaker". Nevertheless they also don't plan on going the rest of their lives without (it) either. They want to have it all!

Several months ago I posed the following hypothetical question on HP.

"Is sexual incompatibility enough of a reason to end a marriage?"

Over 90% of the responses said, "no". Apparently cheaters agree with them!


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qeyler 21 months ago Author

A guy sees some kind of XXX sex on line and can't ask the mother of his children, so finds Slutina.

A guy knows he isn't the Adonis he used to be and two left foot Slama looks up to him as Mr. Handsome.

A guy's wife is more important than he is, has bigger friends, and to 'fix her' to 'prove' he is a man, he's rolling on soiled sheets with Hortense.

The point is, if a husband is 'excess baggage', kick him to the ground. If he has use, use him.

Take his adultery as carte blanche. Keep it to yourself. Let him sneak in at 3:00 am. He'll never guess you got in at 2:45.


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dashingscorpio 21 months ago

Very true!

Odds are he'll be happy because she's not asking him any questions.

It's been reported that women who cheat are less likely to be caught.

The husband will sleep like a baby. Ignorance is bliss! :)


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qeyler 21 months ago Author

He'll find his wife wonderful She doesn't nag, she is so sweet, so happy, she's the greatest wife any man can have. A real 'help-meet'.

Anita is not uncommon. She calls the house to say she's coming...she makes every possible effort to NOT catch her husband.

Meanwhile she is having a wonderful time. She has clubs to go to lots of friends, a great social life.

And her cheating husband? He has Slutina.

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