Karen Blake is a student who attends Full Sail University online and is enrolled in the Creative Writing in Entertainment degree program. While attending school, she is a part-time pricing associate at her local grocery store. At the moment, she is focusing on school and work, while trying to put her name out there as an author, as well. For now, writing short stories will be something she will continue doing while she is in school, and writing a novel or two in her free time.
The hotel room is normal, just like any other standard room, with no real redeeming qualities other than the two beds, but the young woman was puzzled as to why she was brought here. Her husband called her to this hotel room earlier in the day, and the woman has been dreading the meeting ever since she hung up the phone. Was he going to tell her something awful?
Once the married couple sat down on the patio, the man wastes no time. “I cheated on you,” He says.
The woman sits back. “What?” She asks, her voice hushed.
“I’ve been cheating on you for years now,” He says. “With many women.”
The young woman chews on her lip relentlessly, all the while staring at the man across from her. He was sitting still, staring down at his hands. She breathes in slowly. “Where do we go from here?” She asks.
He runs his hand through his hair. “Heaven, I already told you,” He says. “I don’t love you anymore, I’ve slept with so many women that I’ve lost count.”
Heaven slaps her hand on the table, and the man looks up just in time to see the vehement in her eyes. “I gave you everything since I was sixteen years old,” Heaven says. “Sixteen, Cole!”
Cole bows his head once more. “I’m sorry, Heaven, but maybe that was the problem, we haven’t really experienced other things,” He pushes back against his chair. “I really believe that is why, we were too young to settle.”
Heaven throws back her head and laughs wildly. “You’re sorry? We were too young? You should really stop grasping and be a man and just say you couldn’t help yourself,” Cole shakes his head. “Oh, don’t you dare try to deny it. You’re weak and couldn’t resist the slightest temptation. I’ve been with you since I was a kid and now I’m 27 and you expect me to just get up and rebuild my life from here?”
“I expected you to take this like an adult, Heaven,” Cole says. “I’m surprised at you.”
“You destroyed me,” She says, practically hissing. “My heart is in a million pieces and you expect me to be an adult? How could you have such an insensitive expectation?”
She doesn’t wait for an answer and pushes forward. “What was it? Were they prettier? Sexier? Hm, what was it?” Cole’s head lowers. “You can’t even give me an answer?”
“I guess I just wanted to experience different things,” He says.
“That’s the best you have?” Heaven asks. “I figured you would have a better excuse, you were always full of them while we were together, anyway.”
“Don’t be like this, Heaven,” Cole says. “Why don’t we end this on good terms?”
“Good terms?” She asks, her voice breaking. “You’re gonna tell me how you had sex with so many women that you lost count, and you wanna end this on good terms?”
Cole shakes his head. “I thought it was possible, you’ve always been so mature about everything,” He says. “You’ve always been so strong.”
She laughs. “Strong, huh?” Heaven asks. “You’re right, I am. I want you out of my life, I don’t ever want to look at you again, everything is in my name anyway, so it should be easy for you to pack your things and get the hell out of my life.”
Cole’s mouth drops open. “You know I have nowhere to go,” He says. “You’re just gonna kick me out like that?”
“Apparently, I know nothing about you,” Heaven says. “Why don’t you call up one of those many women, and crash with them?”
Cole’s face turns crimson as he stands. “Fine, it was nice knowing you, Heaven,” He says. “I don’t recognize you anymore, though.”
“Pain changes you,” Heaven says and turns away. “You should have been aware of that.”
Cole says nothing as he gathers his things. “I’ll go start packing, I guess I’ll be staying here for now,” He says, quietly.
“I suppose so,” She says. “I’ll wait back here for a while and I’ll be gone before you come back.”
Cole nods before exiting the hotel room. Heaven takes a deep breath before laughing joyfully. “My God, that man is dense,” She says to no one but herself as she grabs her phone to call her good friend.
“Hello?” Heaven’s friend, Anya answers the phone.
“Ugh, he finally did it,” Heaven says. “You know how I just wanted him gone, but couldn’t afford all of the drama before he was ready to go?”
“Yeah,” Anya says. “So, he finally manned up, amazing.”
Heaven laughs. “I know, it’s such a relief,” She says. “He was practically a freeloader.’
“I know,” Anya says. “Now you can finally be with that guy you’ve been gushing about all this time.”
“You’re right,” Heaven says, excited. “I just couldn’t bring myself to actually cheat, but now that I’m free…hold on, I’m going to call that man now and set up a date!”
“I’m happy for you, Heaven,” Anya says before hanging up.
“I am, too…” Heaven says. She stands up and hugs herself, smiling gleefully.