We are finally at the end my darlings. Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
They were all in the Diningroom the next day awaiting the arrival of Jean. Douglas had gone to the airport to pick her up. Madge glanced over at Evelyn as she pushed her cereal around her plate.
"Evelyn, you'll be fine."
"She does want him back, you know that. We all do."
"Well then she'll be in for a bloody shock. You're twice the woman she is." Norman said, giving her a reassuring smile.
"He's right you know, she certainly wasn't blessed in the looks department was she, or manners." Muriel stated.
"I think we should all stop worrying. There is no way Douglas will give in to that woman. Now Evelyn, drink your tea and eat that cereal, you need your strength."
"Thank you Madge."
Evelyn heard a car pulling up outside the Hotel. She got up from the bed and looked out over the balcony to see Douglas exiting the car and saw him holding his hand out and Jean appeared from the car. Evelyn felt tears beginning to form in the corner of her eyes but quickly brushed them away.
"Morning everyone." Douglas smiled, approaching the Diningroom.
"Morning Douglas. Jean." Madge said, her voice becoming bitter.
"Hello Madge, so nice to see you again, all of you."
"I wish we could say the same." Muriel spoke.
"Oh haha. I'd forgotten how funny you all were."
Everything went silent when Madge looked past Jean and saw Evelyn standing behind them. Douglas saw the look of worry on Madge's face and turned to follow her gaze and saw Evelyn. Jean turned around and saw her and if looks could kill, Evelyn would have been six feet under.
"Darling." Douglas smiled, as he walked over to her.
Madge watched as Jean's face turned to bitterness as she watched Douglas placed a kiss on Evelyn's lips and his arm went around her waist. Madge couldn't help but smile at how uncomfortable Jean had suddenly become. It took all the courage Evelyn had to walk up to Jean and not slap her.
"Hello Jean." She smiled.
"Evelyn, how nice to see you again."
"Can I get anyone a drink." Douglas asked.
"It's only 10am Douglas darling, at little early, don't you think." Jean said.
"I'll have a Gin and Tonic please Douglas." Madge said.
"Make it the same for everyone. I think we'll need it." Muriel said.
Douglas went over and began to prepare the drinks and Evelyn got up and followed him, Jean looking suspicious as she did so.
"Are you alright darling." Douglas asked.
"What do you think. Has she said anything to you yet."
"We barely spoke in the car."
"I'm so scared."
"Hey, come on. I already told you, I'm not going anywhere. I will never leave you." He said rubbing her arm.
"Douglas, darling how are those drinks coming along." Jean bellowed.
Evelyn followed Douglas back to the table with the drinks and they all sat in compatible silence. Norman was the first to leave, the tension clearly becoming too much and Muriel soon followed suit. Madge stayed, wanting to be by Evelyn's side for support. Every so often Evelyn could feel Madge squeezing her hand, letting her know she her support. Evelyn watched Douglas as Jean talked endlessly about their Daughter and how she had found a nice flat that didn't have railings on the wall, he looked so unhappy. He would glance over at Evelyn every now and again and offer a smile of apology for allowing this woman back in their lives.
"Douglas, might we go upstairs to your room. I'd like to talk privately."
"Well actually Jean, the room belongs to Evelyn aswell now."
"Well I'm sure she doesn't mind, family business to discuss and so on. Do you Evelyn."
"No, of course not. Take all the time you need." Evelyn said, noting the venom in Jeans voice.
Jean got up from the table and make her way up the stairs to the bedroom. Douglas got up to follow her but stopped to turn back to Evelyn.
"Darling, don't worry. What ever it is she's after, she's not going to get it. I love you, remember that." He said, kissing her before he walked away.
Douglas entered the bedroom to find Jean sitting on the bed waiting for him. She gave him a small smile as he came to stand in front of her.
"I really thought you could do better than a suburban, widowed housewife Douglas."
"Please, don't. Don't speak about her like that."
"I'll speak how I like."
"Why are you here Jean. I thought we said all we needed too when we last saw each other."
"Yes, well. I've had a lot of time to think. 2 months in fact."
"Think about what."
"I received the divorce papers a few weeks ago."
"Well I thought it best to get it over with."
"Get it over with. Douglas, we were married for over 30 years. Does that mean nothing to you."
"Well ofcourse it did."
"Look, you and I both agreed when you went home that there was nothing between us anymore. That going our separate ways was what we both wanted."
"Well I was wrong. I still love you Douglas."
"No, no you can't." Douglas said, walking away.
"I WON'T LET YOU THROW AWAY 3O YEARS FOR HER. I AM YOUR WIFE."
"I DON'T LOVE YOU JEAN, NOT ANYMORE. CAN'T YOU GET THAT THROUGH YOUR BLOODY HEAD."
"YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY LOVE THAT RETCHED WOMAN."
Douglas was about to respond when Evelyn and Madge appeared in the doorway. He could see tears in Evelyn's eys and it broke his heart.
"Did you hear a word I just said Douglas. Answer me, god damn it."
"You need to go Jean."
"I said, you need to go. I don't love you anymore, it's Evelyn. She's the one I love, the one I'm crazy about. She doesn't put me down all the time, she accepts me for who I am and never tries to change me, unlike you."
"You're a fool Douglas. A bloody fool."
"That's why I sent you the divorce papers. I couldn't stand to hear you speak like this anymore, or speak ill of Evelyn. There was another reason I filed for our divorce."
"What other possible reason could there be."
Douglas turned his back to Jean and walked over to where Evelyn and Madge were standing. He looked Evelyn straight in the eye and smiled at her and wiped a stray tear away. She watched him intently and he approached her and her eyes widened in shock as Douglas suddenly knelt in front of her and produced the ring.
"OH FOR GOD SAKE, REALLY DOUGLAS."
"Oh do shut up Jean." Madge replied.
"Evelyn, I love you more than anything else in this world. You've made me the happiest guy alive and I can't imagine spending the rest of my life without you. Evelyn Greenslade, will you marry me."
"Oh cripes, Yes, say yes." Madge nudged.
"Of course I'll marry you Douglas."
He got up with help from Evelyn and placed the ring on her finger before puling her into him and kissing her.
"I love you darling."
"I love you too." She smiled, through tears.
Madge was too pre-occupied congratulating the couple, that they almost forgot Jean was even in the room.
"I AM STILL HERE DOUGLAS."
"Yes you are, but you shouldn't be. There's a flight back to the UK in about an hour. I suggest you get on it, there's nothing here for you. We're done, I'm sorry but it's Evelyn I want, not you."
Douglas and the others left the room, leaving Jean alone. He could hear her crying and as bad as he felt, he refused to go back, he refused to give in to her. Evelyn saw Madge slip back into the room when they left but chose to say nothing. When they were downstairs having a drink to celebrate, they looked up to see Jean walking away, not a word was spoken as she got into a taxi and drove away. Madge joined them a few minutes later and Douglas noticed the documents that she held in her hands.
"Madge, are those what I think they are." Douglas asked.
"Oh yes, I almost forgot." She said, handing him the papers.
"Madge, how on earth did you persuade her to sign them." Evelyn asked.
"I just explained to her that it would be in her best interest to sign because no matter how hard she tried, she'd never get you back. She was just losing precious time where her own life was concerned. I told her she shouldn't spend the rest of her life tangled up in anger and resentment."
"So she just signed them." Douglas asked.
"She knew it was the right thing, in the end anyway."
"Douglas, how long will it take to make your divorce to be final." Evelyn asked.
"If I can find the best of the best in a solicitor, 6 months at the most."
"Then we can marry."
"You try and stop me."