Chapter 16, Blog 1
By Chuck Wells As Told To Ray Hochgesang
That 1:49-plus cemented the idea in my cracked brain that maybe I did have a chance. A second here, a second there – that wasn’t asking for a miracle, now was it? I thanked Geri and Billy for their help and headed home, hoping to catch 20 winks. After all, it was Saturday.
Exhausted and sore, I lumbered in the door to have a flying book smack me between the eyes. Melinda was red-faced and ready to rumble.
“How could you?” she screamed.
A black, spikey high-heel helicoptered toward me. I dodged it. My wife had one helluva arm, but she took way too long to wind up.
“What the hell?” I yelled as I dove behind the Lay Z Boy.
“You freakin’ ASSHOLE!” she screamed and fired another book at me. It skipped over my left shoulder and fell harmlessly to the floor.
“Want to tell me what this is about?” I shouted. “Or do I have to guess?”
I swear I had no clue. In spite of the flying objects, I tried to stay calm, but my heart wanted to jailbreak out of my chest. My wife stopped to catch her breath.
“You didn’t think I’d find out, did you?” Melinda growled.
“Find out? Find out WHAT?”
“You are one cool customer, YOU ASSHOLE!” Melinda said, firing another book as she shouted “ASSHOLE.”
It crashed into the wall behind me and also fell to the floor.
“Calm yourself. You’re going to wake the children.”
That just made it worse as a lamp came flying overhead. It missed, but the plug on the end of the cord struck my arm. Now I was angry. Couldn’t help it. I was under attack, but I didn’t know why.
“What the hell is wrong with you?” I bellowed.
“ME?” screamed Melinda. “It’s YOU! You’re having a damned midlife crisis. I told you. But you wouldn’t listen.”
“What are you talking about?” I was beyond exasperated.
Melinda lasered me with her glaring, blue eyes.
“Are YOU, or are YOU not, running around with a younger woman?”
“Wwwwhhhaattt?” My mouth hung open.
Melinda waved her right hand in disgust and stomped into the bedroom. Stunned, I stood there. Either this was someone’s sick idea of a joke – or one colossal misunderstanding. Afraid of more missiles, I stole a peek into the bedroom. Melinda banged the second dresser drawer shut. On the bed, she had her suitcase pinned under a mountain of clothes.
“What are you doing?”
Copyright © 2012 by Chuck H. Wells/Ray Hochgesang