Guilt

Everyone had left the Horizon home. Ralph was sitting in his office. Not sure if the breakfast he just at was going to stay down. The landline was ringing off the hook. Ralph chose to ignore them. The computer continued to pop up notification from all of his social media. The continued racket of noise was causing a headache. Ralph chose to take the landline off the hook. Moments, later he shut down the laptop. The smartphone was placed on vibrate. The top drawer was its new home.

A happy memory between Ralph and Susan popped into his head. “That is the perfect thing for him to do,” Ralph said out loud.

He walked into the kitchen to find the “Honey Dew” list they created several months ago. Ralph pulled out the clipboard from the closet. He stared at it for a minute. “Where did all those checkmarks come from, “Ralph asked out loud.

Words from the emergency room doctor rang in his head, “Susan is doing too much. She needs to rest, exercise, and change her diet.”

“Nice job, Ralph,” he muttered to himself.

His queasy stomach was taken up a notch. The clipboard was placed back in the closet. Ralph made himself a cup of ginger tea. He took it out on the deck. Several sips of tea, his stomach didn’t feel any better.

“You deserve to feel like crap. Look at what you did to Susan. All for a fling. A stupid fling. My marriage is over for sure. My best friend….” Ralph began to weep.

The bottom of his t-shirt became his kleenex. “How do I fix this? What do I tell Susan?” Ralph asked to no one.

“You tell her the truth. The truth will set you free.”

Ralph’s head popped up with the tea splashing out of the cup. “George!”

“You look like a reject.” Stated, Pastor George.

Ralph stared at his friend. “You heard how well I’ve been treating my beautiful bride.” Said, Ralph.

“Not sure where you are going with this.” Said, Pastor George.

“I’m up for husband of the year.” Muttered, Ralph.

“What is going on?” Asked, Pastor George.

“I had an affair. The woman I encountered chose to post pictures of us all over the Internet. Susan found them before I told her.” Whispered, Ralph.

“Are you ill? Mad?”

“No George. I made a huge mistake with temptation.” Said, Ralph.

“That slipup had me taking your wife to the emergency room at 2:00am.” Growled, Chief Day.

Published by Sarah "Bubbles"

I am a mom, nana, writer and amateur photographer. I write short stories to brighten your day. Maybe inspire you to feel better about yourself. Perhaps make healthier life choices. You are the one that is responsible for your life. You got this!

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