Broken is a story that is best read Chronologically to start from the beginning – Prologue
As the New Year rolled around and passed I recalled something that happened earlier in my relationship with Hailey. Actually one prior NYE. Life was falling apart for her, we were both at home and she was having a tough time. She said promise me you will spend next NYE with me?
I hated promising anything. You just never knew what the state of our relationship would be or where either of us would have been in terms of our marriages at that point. But I said yes. I was certain I wouldn’t last the year. I reminded her of this on NYE even though she had her kids and we didn’t spend time together. I did get an offer for a date that night. But declined. Still not ready. She apologized for not being together.
My point was not to make her feel bad. I told her that. I just wanted to tell her I was happy I was able to keep my promise by being available. She barely acknowledged it. But I still thought it was fairly important.
We got together a few times over the coming weeks but she kept mentioning how hard her divorce was on her. That she had been crying alot. I felt terrible but also had some questions. Where was this grief in the months after. Why didn’t she take time then. She jumped into dating and talked about dates and how she likes to go out to dinner. It just left a bad taste at the same time I could understand the hard part of divorce.
I asked her if she would like to go to a basketball game for a night out. I got a lukewarm “yes sure. But wouldn’t you rather go with a friend. Basketball is not really my thing.” This was going to be a belated Bday present for myself. I asked her should I read anything into that response. She said no. I didn’t believe her. But gave her the benefit of the doubt. And started to nail down some nights she would go. I told her we could make a night of it. Staycation!
Later that week we were struggling to find time to get together. I was pretty sure she had a date. So I joined a singles meetup for the same night. She had “dinner plans”. This was my strategy to get through these moments. If she was going out, so was I. After I met up with my group I came home to surprise. She called me as I walked in the door. She confessed about her date. But said she bailed and went out with her friend. Not sure I believed it but it was a bust. She said I only want you right now. Always with the “right now”… But I was going to take it. Then she said I am horny can we do video chat. She vid chatted me and was naked. I said I will be right there 2.5 miles later I was deep inside her. Was I winning her back…