Chapter 6: Dear John
Six AM the next morning, John returned from work to find the bed empty and cold. He wondered why Caroline would have been awake so early. He went to look for her in the kitchen but it was vacant. Finally he found her in the guest room, still snuggled comfortably with Suzie. Little did he know, it wasn't as innocent as he thought.
The sun streaming through the curtains had no effect on the sleeping women and they continued dreaming for a few more hours. By the time they finally arose, they were the only two in the house, everyone else had gone about their daily lives.
"Good morning." Suzie said with a smile. Caroline responded with a kiss.
"So... today's the big day. Are you sure you actually want to leave, Caroline? You know you don't have to just to make me happy."
"Don't worry, I'm leaving because I want to. I love you, Suzie."
"I love you, too."
Caroline went upstairs to pack and Suzie left for Sal's to get another pregnancy test done. As she was packing, Caroline thought out a letter to leave:
I'm very sorry to have to tell you this in a letter but I felt it would be easier to explain: I'm leaving and I don't think I'm coming back. I still love you and the girls but I just feel so useless here. Our children are all grown and don't need me anymore and you've always had your own life. Suzie and I are moving somewhere and I'm going to help her take care of her baby, it'll be nice to go where I'm needed. She's always been a great friend and I love her.
Please tell the girls I love and will miss them very much. As for you, John, if you want a divorce, there will be no problem with that; the papers will be sent to you in a couple weeks. I wish you all the very best.
A tear fell onto the bottom of the page and her hand shook as she signed her name. She placed it on his side of the bed and took the suitcases downstairs.
Meanwhile Suzie and Sal were back at the surgery. Sal was in the lab and Suzie was in the waiting room, even more nervous than the first time she had the test done. When Sal finally emerged, Suzie stood and walked to her.
"Well, I've analyzed it at least four times and each time it came up negative."
"How is that possible?"
"I must have buggered it up last time. What are you going to do now?"
"Caroline is leaving John to be with me so we'll probably move to the city, some place where no one knows us."
We'll miss you both around here. It'll be odd not having Caroline's snobbery and your submissiveness. I meant that in a good way."
"Yes, I know, I'm Caroline's personal hand puppet. Thanks for everything anyway, Sal, I'm sure we'll miss this village too." Suzie gave her a hug and left to go back to Caroline's. On the way, she felt sort of disappointed and sad, she wouldn't mind having another baby.
When she arrived and walked in the door, she saw the suitcases and smiled. Caroline was in the kitchen drinking coffee. She entered and poured herself a cup.
"How did it go?"
"Turns out she made a mistake, I'm not pregnant."
"Oh, well, these things happen. Did you want another child?"
"I've thought about it but maybe I didn't want it badly enough." Suzie put her cup down and looked at Caroline very seriously. "I don't want you to come with me."
"What do you mean?"
"You belong here, I don't want you to go through the rest of your life feeling guilty for leaving. I will always love you, Caroline and I know you love me but I want you to stay."
"I understand but I don't belong here, there's no one to take care of anymore." Caroline began to cry.
"I don't need you to take care of me. You don't know how badly I want you to come but I think if you did, it would be for the wrong reason."
"So loving you is wrong?"
"In time I think you'll realize it is." Suzie kissed Caroline's cheek and wiped the tears away. "Goodbye Caroline."
She grabbed her own suitcases and walked out the door. As she walked down the driveway, she began crying herself. She had to drop the bags to wipe her eyes.
After Suzie left, Caroline went to the window and watched her leave. She pressed her hand against the glass and waited until Suzie was no longer visible. When she was sure she was gone, Caroline took the suitcases back to her room to unpack them. She remembered the letter for John; she picked it up and tore it into pieces. After everything was back to its original place, he laid on the bed and cried.
Suzie was tempted to turn around and go back but she knew she couldn't. She had to be strong now and begin a new life... in London.