Chapter 3

Evelyn was sitting with Madge when Jean came storming down the steps towards them. Evelyn looked worried as she approached her.

"I hope you're happy Evelyn." Jean said.

"I'm not following you."

"Stealing my Husband, just because your own isn't around anymore, does not give you the right to steal someone else's."

"What…I haven't."

"Jean, you may want to stop yourself before you say something you might regret." Madge said.

"I'm very well aware of what I'm saying Madge and so does Evelyn."

"If Douglas isn't happy in your marriage, perhaps you may want to think about why that might be. Evelyn isn't the issue here, it's you. You're a very unhappy woman and you're bringing everyone down around you. You think they ought to be miserable aswell."

"How dare you."

"How dare I, listen we took the time today to give you a chance. Norman and myself gave up our own time to show you some of the lovely sights of India and you dismissed everything and everyone we introduced you too. You were rude the people of India and you never stop with your pathetic insults. Quite frankly, in my opinion it's no wonder Douglas doesn't want to be around you anymore." Madge stated.

Jean stood in shock as Mage went off at her. Evelyn was standing silently, unsure of how to react towards her.

"Don't you have anything to say Evelyn, after all you are stealing my Husband from me."

"I am not stealing your Husband Jean, if Douglas isn't happy in your marriage then it's hardly my fault."

"Are you really telling me that you don't feel anything for him, somehow I don't quite believe that. I see the way you look at him, like a love-sick teenager."

"That's enough Jean."

She turned around to see Douglas standing behind her, his face like thunder. He walked up to stand beside Evelyn and uttered an apology to her.

"You have no right to talk to her like that Jean, just because you're angry with me doesn't give you the right to take it out on her."

"Would you excuse me." Evelyn said.

Madge watched as her friend ran off in the direction of her room.

"Madge, would you go and make sure she's alright please." Douglas asked.

"Yes, of course."

Madge left as he turned back to Jean and felt nothing but anger towards his Wife.

"You had no reason for speaking to her like that."

"Please, I'm not apologising for what I said. I meant every word, going after someone else's Husband, not very attractive is it."

"Evelyn didn't go after me, it was the other way around."

"What do you mean."

"I kissed her."

"You did what."

"I kissed her. We went for a walk while you were out, we had lunch by the lake. We talked, she listened and she didn't judge. She's the complete opposite of you and I find myself caring about her more and more. She doesn't make horrible comments about India and it's people, it would never cross her mind to do so but you, you just don't care and I'm sick of it."

"So I'm doing you a favour then, am I. Leaving you."

"Yes you are, let's face it Jean. It's what we both want, probably have for a long time. It's for the best."

"Fine with me, quite frankly I'll be happy to be the hell out of this god for saken place."

He watched as she stormed off back to their room. Douglas made his way up to Evelyn's room to find Madge sitting on the bed with her, her arm around her and she sat drying her eyes.

"Madge, could I talk to Evelyn alone."

"Yes of course. Evelyn, I'll be downstairs if you need me okay."

"Thank you Madge."

Douglas waited until Madge closed the door behind her before taking a seat beside Evelyn.

"I'm so sorry for the way Jean spoke to you." He said, quietly.

"It's alright…" She sniffed.

"No, it's not. Don't attempt to defend her, she doesn't deserve it."

"I would never try to break up your marriage."

"I know you wouldn't but none of that matters anymore anyway."

"Why not."

"She's leaving, we've both decided that it's over. She won't stay and I won't leave, we don't love each other anymore. Besides, I've fallen in love with someone else, someone who deserves my love."

Douglas put his hand under her chin, forcing her to look up at him. She gave a shaky smile as he leaned forward and placed a kiss on her lips. She kissed him back before wrapping her arms around his waist as she leaned her head on his chest.

"Are you sure this is what you want Douglas."

"I've never been more sure of anything in my life. I love you Evelyn and I've no intention of losing you."

"I love you too Douglas."

"To the future, yes." He smiled.

"To the future."