After Monica heard everything from Phoebe, she sat there in disbelief for a long time, and was hurt that Chandler could just replace her that quickly. But how could she be mad at Joey, who had suffered along with everybody?

Finally, as she sat there alone, she nervously picked up the phone and called Don.

He was surprised to hear her voice, especially after their emotional, and seemingly final, goodbye that last morning.

She told him that she and Chandler were divorcing.

"Oh, honey, I'm so sorry. Are you all right?"

"No," she was in tears.

"Can I help somehow? Can I send you some flowers?"

"Don, listen. He, um, he's already got somebody else."

"The bastard! I know I shouldn't talk, but I love you, and he's obviously just doing it to hurt you."

She hoped that wasn't true, for Joey's sake. Don didn't have all the facts anyway.

She swallowed and continued nervously, "Don, um, if I, if I ask you to come over, can we just talk? Can you just listen and hold me?"

"Of course! Whatever you need."

"I can't promise you anything else, you know? I mean, it wouldn't be fair to you--"

"I know, I know. I'm a big boy," he assured her.

She took a breath and finally said, "Bring some tissues."

"I'll be right there," he replied and hung up.

She sat back and waited for him, hoping that she hadn't made a mistake. Sure, Phoebe was convinced that Don was her soul mate, but Monica couldn't be sure, especially in such a clouded emotional state.

Monica sighed and folded her arms around herself, shivering a little. She could remember all the evenings that she'd spent with Don, both before and after that first guilty kiss. Don had always been incredibly kind and loving and wonderful. He understood her guilt and her occasional tears while in his arms, and he would whisper that she should blame him completely for being weak for her.

Monica wondered now if their affair could possibly prove stronger than mere passion in a moment of weakness, if it could actually last and become what her marriage should have been. Maybe she should trust Don enough to try. Maybe she should believe in soul mates.