Just Keeps Getting Better -10
Jeremy called Diane Robinson to
ascertain she'd be at the Chess Club
He informed Eva of his appointment, but made the time an hour earlier.
He now had a week in which Eva
did not bring up his marriage,
divorce, or anything about 'us',
save she talked about the baby she was going to have.
He tried to pretend he cared, but he didn't.
He said the right things, went through the motions, and on Thursday Eva requisitioned the car and of course, the driver to take her to some location.
This is how he got to leave work, change, and take the car.
At the Club
He was early and the arrivals greeted him happily. Jeremy Nunes had been one of the most senior members.
He kept his eyes out for Diane, but wasn't going to stand in the parking area, so went in, took a glass of water and began playing one of the 'warm up matches'.
The usual procedure was to play three warm up matches with new members or poor players, break for refreshment, then have a 2 out of 3 with a 'seeded' or 'matched' player.
Diane was his usual match, and when he beat her he'd talk about it, which wasn't really done, but he needed to brag. He needed to feel that he, a chauffeur had beaten a lawyer.
He saw Diane enter when he was finishing his second game, and hurried through the third.
As she was late she only did one quick warm up before they took their 'usual' seats at the far table.
She made the expected small talk about missing him and whom she'd played with, then they got down to the game.
"What's wrong?" she asked after five moves, "I'm going to Mate you..."