Their One Night Stand
Sometimes being wrong never felt so right..
“So how long have you been married?”, Jared asked.
“Almost seven years and you?”, Cindy asked back.
“I’ve stopped counting”, Jared sighed.
“Really…why?”, Cindy questioned inquisitively.
“Because it doesn’t matter anymore, every year feels like the same”, Jared replied while dabbing his juicy lips with the napkin.
“That bad huh..”, Cindy empathized.
“Yeah”, Jared uttered quickly.
“So what’s the problem with your marriage?”, Cindy asked.
“We don’t have the worst marriage and my wife is not a “bad wife”. She takes care of our baby daughter, the household, is a decent cook, is good with money and supports me in whatever I do….but…..”, Jared paused.
“But what?”, Cindy asked with unwavering interest.
“I hate to say this about my wife, but I’m bored with her, there…I said it”, Jared exhaled with relief. He had kept these feelings to himself for a long time.
“What’s boring about your wife?”, Cindy asked while slurping some pumpkin soup off her silver spoon.
“EVERYTHING!”, Jared loudly blurted out.
“Like what in particular?”, Cindy calmly asked while resting the silver soup spoon on the rim of the ivory porcelain bowl.
“For example, she’s got this ridiculous mammoth sized clip board on the kitchen fridge that plans out each and every day for like two weeks at a time, we can’t stray from “the plan”, the predictability drives me insane. Another thing is when I work hard, I like to play hard, but she never wants to go out, there is always an excuse with her. She dresses like a plain Jane and does not wear anything sexy I get for her. Also I am fed up with her wearing sweats to bed, is it wrong for me to want to feel the bare skin of my wife?”, Jared went off.
“Was she always this way?”, Cindy asked with concern.
“No. She used to be exciting. I remember when I first laid eyes on her I saw love for the first time. She took my breath away and just one kiss would mess up my day….in a good way. Not seeing her wasn’t an option, she rattled my world like no one else. She was so spontaneous that each weekend we did something new. I even had difficulty keeping up with her adventurous spirit, we did everything together, my friends called us partners in crime”, Jared recalled.
“What changed?”, Cindy asked while lightly touching his forearm.
“I don’t know for sure, but I do know that once we got married, things changed. When we had our daughter, things really changed”, Jared said.
“It’s unfortunate when people change after the I do’s”, Cindy remarked.
“Tell me about it”, Jared commented.
“So have you ever cheated on your wife before?”, Cindy carefully asked. She knew it was a bit forward, but she needed to know.
“Uh…Uh…Uh…”, Jared stuttered.
“It’s okay, you can tell me”, Cindy assured while placing her soft, warm hands over his.
“Yes, I have”, Jared confessed with shameful, heavy eyes.
“When?”, Cindy asked while tightening her grip on his hands.
“A few months after my daughter was born, my wife and I had a rocky marriage. I decided to work late one night to avoid going home and a co-worker of mine was working late as well. We went to a bar, had a few drinks and then one thing led to another in the backseat of her car”, Jared quickly spoke like an auctioneer.
“Did you see her again?”, Cindy asked while gently releasing his flushed hands.
“Nope…she accepted a transfer out of state”, Jared said while shaking his left nervous leg.
“Interesting”, Cindy gasped underneath her breath.
“So what’s wrong with your marriage?”, Jared asked, turning the tables on her.
“A LOT!”, Cindy spoke with conviction.
“Like what?”, Jared asked while pouring her some Chardonnay in her almost empty wine glass.
“I have always been crazy about my husband. When we first met I knew I would be walking down the aisle with him. I loved him so much I couldn’t see straight. We always knew what each other was thinking and how to balance each other out, but like your situation, once we got hitched, everything changed”, Cindy spoke with watery eyes.
“What changed?”, Jared asked
“I guess we started to drift apart…until we didn’t talk to each other anymore. He started to avoid me like I was contagious. Also he made me quit my job I loved because he believed my place was in the home. He started not to allow me to hang out with my friends because he believed they were a bad influence on me. Another thing was I started to feel like a scruffy old maid instead of being his respected wife. When making love he was always distracted…almost as if he had to concentrate real hard not to call out another woman’s name. Then the kicker was when we had our child, things turned for the worst”, Cindy cried, patting her damp cheeks down.
“Why?”, Jared asked with serious attention.
“I don’t know, maybe because I couldn’t wait on him hand and foot anymore. The baby was getting colicky and I also was suffering from depression, but didn’t know it”, Cindy rationalized.
“Have you ever cheated on your husband?”, Jared asked cautiously.
“Yes”, Cindy whispered. She was desperately trying to hold back the water works.
“When?”, Jared asked while resuming his meal.
“A few months after my child was born…my husband came home late one night smelling of booze and cheap perfume, I suspected he cheated on me. I was about to make a fuss about it, but I knew naturally he would deny it and blame me, so I let it go. A few weeks later, still angry over what happened, I met someone. It was a contractor who was finishing our basement. I served him coffee during his breaks and we started to talk. On his last day of work, I laid my child down early for a nap so I could talk to him. I had taken the extra time to fix my hair, make up my face and put on a dress that my husband bought me a few years back that still had the tags on it. The contractor came up the stairs for coffee and saw me looking good, I knew he wanted me. I didn’t stop him when he undressed me and before I knew it I was cheating on my husband during a rainy afternoon”, Cindy sobbed while drinking her wine in one gulp.
“Did you see him again?”, Jared asked.
“I wanted to, but no…I knew it was a wham bam thank you ma’am kind of a deal”, Cindy answered softly.
“Did it make you feel better that you got even with your husband?”, Jared asked.
“No…it made me feel worse…I felt sick to my stomach. Quite honestly I have not thought about that man since”, Cindy cringed.
“Are you going to leave your husband?”, Jared asked.
“I don’t know, are you going to leave your wife?”, Cindy countered while looking down at the fancy burgundy cloth napkin that laid neatly across her lap.
“I don’t know either”, Jared shrugged.
“What are we going to do?”, Cindy hopelessly asked.
“ We spend the night together and see what happens”, Jared said without apologizing.
“It’s been a while since…I’ve…well you know”, Cindy blushed.
“Likewise”, Jared winked.
The next morning Jared and Cindy found themselves wrapped in each others arms in a sleeping bag next to a campfire overlooking the lake.
“That was unexpected”, Jared murmured while sweeping Cindy’s hair to the side to see her beautiful face.
“So I wasn’t boring?”, Cindy smiled.
“Nope, NOT AT ALL! You’re nothing like my wife”, Jared expressed while wrestling her back into the sleeping bag.
“Really!!! You know our marriage counselor was right, we needed to talk about our marriage issues freely as if we were strangers on a date”, Jared gloated while tickling her on a sensitive part of her hip.
“Well like she said….grass isn’t always greener on the other side, you just have to water the grass you got”, Cindy reminded.
“ Last night, we had a one night stand for our marriage. Are you ready to leave your old husband behind and start a relationship with me?”, Jared asked.
“Are you ready to leave your old wife behind and start fresh with me?”, Cindy countered.
“Yes, I’m ready”, Jared said.
“Well then I’ll think about it”, Cindy said.
“What!”, Jared smiled
“What’s the matter you said you didn’t like predictability”, Cindy smiled.
“Yes I did…..I love you..”, Jared grinned.
“Ditto”, Cindy said, she dove in for a passionate kiss, one that electrified them to the bone.
So it came to pass their marriage still needed a lot of work so they started by trying to compromise.
Jared took the liberty of calling Cindy’s last employer to beg for her job back and they agreed to hire her back part time. Jared learned how to cook and is now doing some laundry, he has a new found appreciation for housework. Cindy went on medication for her depression and now spends time with her husband doing fun spontaneous things. Jared learned how to give Cindy erotic massages without being distracted. Cindy has taken down the mammoth sized clip board planner and replaced it with a smaller one, but the rest they wing it. Cindy has also felt comfortable enough with her body to pull out some of the sexy outfits her husband bought her, Jared is enjoying that. Once their marriage was getting better, their daughter’s colic mysteriously disappeared.