At His Insistence
Lydia wasn’t sure why she was upset. She and John had dated for three years, but were only married three short months. They had their first really ugly fight tonight and she stared for a moment wondering how he could sleep so soundly after that.
He had always brought up the topic of being the “Hero” in a Hero sandwich and she had always laughed it off with a toss of her long, blonde hair, “Go ahead,” she giggled at his silliness, “You keep dreaming!”
Now standing in the moonlight, not curled up with her love like every night before, Lydia didn’t want to think that the romance had left their marriage so quickly, or of how he could let it go and insist on violating their vows instead of fight for her.
Peering at him murderously, she watched him toss once and settle. She lifted the sheet before her wanting to wrap it around his neck. Then she remembered Therese and decided to let John have it almost all his way.
Grinning widely, Lydia tiptoed from the room and scurried into the den. Therese had been her lesbian lover for several college months. Yes, it’s late, she reasoned, but Therese said that if I ever needed anything… She padded back to bolt the door and lifted the receiver.
To her surprise, Therese answered with music and voices surrounding her, “Donald, I told you it’s 75th street,” she admonished.
“Ahhh, this isn’t Donald,” she replied uncertainly.
“Oh my God! This is! It can’t be! Is it?”
“Hi Therese, this is Lydia,” she smiled.
“Lydia,” Therese screamed, “How the heck are? Where are? Wait! I’m having a bash! You must come!”
“Well I’ll be,” Lydia whispered excitedly, “I’m a few blocks away!”
Therese laughed from her belly, “Lydia, you haven’t changed a bit! Get your fine ass over here!”
Lydia stumbled, looking back at the door, “I… I don’t know, T. I need to talk to… well really, I need to ask for a HUGE favor,” she whispered feeling embarrassed.”
“Okay, I get it. Where is asshole?”
“Asleep,” Lydia whispered more quietly.
“Come. Stay for a drink or two and I’ll carve some private time away from these old pervs,” she laughed with a slightly more serious edge now.
“How formal is the bash?”
“Street clothes honey. Just stick on jeans and jam on over.”
“What if he wakes up,” Lydia asked as though she hadn’t sneaked out of her parents’ house a million times as a girl.
“Tell him you need a pregnancy test from the all night store. That’ll scare the hell out of him.”
“Right now, I don’t think that would be good… or maybe it would,” Lydia pondered the thought wickedly.
“Never mind that! Just come now,” Therese implored.
“Okay, girl. Give me your address and I’ll see ya in a few.”
Lydia stepped into the bathroom with shirt, jeans and tennis shoes in hand. She donned the clothes and ran a brush through her hair. Feeling precarious without a bra, she stepped from the bathroom and remembered her purse next to the bed.
Silently cursing herself, she padded into the bedroom and checked for the items, then retrieved the sheet and placed it gently at the foot of the bed.
“Babe, you up,” he asked sleepily.
She stood paralyzed for a second, not knowing how to answer and finally lied, “Yea, um, can’t sleep. Gonna go read for a bit.”
John turned over and promptly fell back asleep. Lydia rolled her eyes in the darkness thinking, I should have strangled him when I had the chance.
Lydia finally turned the keys in the ignition and was on her way. She wasn’t sure she had the guts to follow through, or even ask Therese about her plan, but she felt better already. Therese would have some kind words or advice, and definitely hard liquor!
The two hugged in the doorway as if no time had passed. Lydia worried that she hadn’t seen her friend since the wedding, but her worries had been pointless.
Therese put a drink in her hand and introduced her to the crowd, followed by “We need some private time. You all know the rules. Don’t do anything I can get arrested for, including you, Donald. No water-ballooning people on the sidewalk!”
She cast him an evil grin and steered Lydia into a bedroom, “Okay, girlie, what’s up?”
“My head has been spinning since last night. I don’t even know where to begin.”
Therese pushed Lydia’s drink to her mouth saying, “Don’t worry. Drink up and we’ll catch up.”
“But your party,” she protested.
“Don’t worry, Lyd. Those pervs can go all night. Just take a minute and catch your breath. Then tell me what the dipshit did to you,” she said with a slight “I told you so” tone.
“Well, remember back when I was dating John? I told you he used to tease me about getting it on with one girl on top and another on the bottom?”
“Oh Lydia,” she offered sympathetically, “He didn’t.”
“Not yet,” she rolled her eyes still thinking of strangling him, “but he insists that he wants to.”
Therese sat her drink down hard saying, “But your married, for Christ sake!”
Therese left the room for a moment and returned with a bottle. “Glasses be damned,” she said, “This goes beyond hurt feelings. This calls for hard drinking.”
With that, she lifted the bottle and then handed it to Lydia. They passed the bottle back and forth in long moments of silence until they both spoke at once. Therese deferred and caught Lydia as she collapsed in tears.
As her friend’s sobs subsided, Therese asked, “So what are we going to do about him?”
Lydia lifted her tear-stained face, “We,” she asked.
“Yes. We,” she said angrily, “I knew I should have tried to talk you out of that marriage.”
“Some marriage,” Lydia said softly as she looked at the nearly empty bottle in her hands, “Last swig. You want,” she asked.
“Drink up, Lyd. Be right back.” Again she exited and reappeared with two bottles this time.
Lydia spoke up softly, “I’ve really missed you, T. I knew you and John didn’t get along.”
“It’s okay, sweetie. Stuff happens.”
“You can say that again,” Lydia frowned.
“Well,” Therese hedged for a moment gauging Lydia’s mental stamina, “I know you’ve had some thoughts on this. I guess, the question is, do you want to stay married to jerk-face?” She tugged the lid from the bottle and took a huge drink.
Lydia took a sip and sat staring at the floor while she thought, then lifted her eyes and asked, “What marriage? This isn’t a marriage.”
“Next question,” Therese said gently, “What’s the HUGE favor?”
“Ummm, well, you remember when we… I mean you and I were…” Lydia’s voice trailed off.
“Were lovers?” Therese asked point-blank, “Do I remember when we were lesbian lovers,” she asked incredulously.
“Yes, that,” Lydia whispered.
“That what,” Therese asked, coaxing her to say the words she never could back in college.
“Okay,” Lydia yelled finally losing her cool, “Yes! Back when we were lesbian lovers! Okay? Is that what you want to hear?”
Therese grinned as silence befell the apartment and Lydia cracked open the door. All party-goers were gathered silently outside. Therese laughed waving everyone away with a sweep of her delicate hand. She admonished all gently and told them to go play awhile longer, explaining that we would be out in a few minutes. She fell back on the bed kicking her feet while Lydia stumbled trying to reach her.
She managed to get to the bed and lay back gingerly closing her eyes. She was silently thanking God that the bed wasn’t spinning when Therese sat up, tapped her shoulder and said, “Wait just a second, Lyd. HUGE favor, remember?”
With a groan, Lydia forced herself upright again. Being fairly certain that she couldn’t suffer more embarrassment than she already had, Lydia broached her plan to Therese. Part way in, she got lost in memories she had thought long forgotten. “Do you remember how intense we were then? It was like the whole world fell away and there was only you and me.”
“I remember,” Therese whispered, “I still miss it… us.”
“Me too, sometimes,” Lydia confessed.
After several moments of silence, Lydia finally spilled her plan and waited for whatever the reaction would be.
With both being the epitome of drunkenness now, Therese recounted the plan as simplistically as she could, “So let’s see. We plan a night at your house, make shithead think he’s gonna get a Hero sandwich and ignore him until we dump him off the bed. He storms out mad as hell. Then we come back here and take our time together.”
“It’s okay to say no, T. I want to hurt him the way he’s hurt me, but I do miss us. I don’t think we got a fair chance back in college.”
“Then I have only one question for you,” Therese whispered.
Lydia looked into her eyes and quietly asked, “What?”
Therese took another long drink and said, “Want to really do some damage? Let’s film it. We can send him a copy every year when it was supposed to be your anniversary!”
“Perfection,” Lydia screamed, Thank you, T! Thank you!”
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