Title: The Future is Now (Chapter 3)
Summary: Gwen wants out of her marriage.
Gwen Dulac walked to the nurses’ station and put the file she was carrying down. She looked at the nurse behind the desk. “Judy, call Mrs. Hampton’s family.”
“I thought she was doing better.” Judy reached for the phone logs. “How soon?”
“Before morning, I think.” Gwen rubbed her arms. “My shift is over but i can stay if you need me to.”
“Why are you offering to stay? You and Lance are fighting again, aren't you?” Judy frowned. “What is it this time?”
Gwen shook her head. “It’s nothing. Lance is just being his usual thoughtless self.”
“Did he quit his job? Gamble away the rent money? Cheat on you with some trollop?” Judy eyed her. “You know I will get it out of you.”
“He wants to move to York. A friend told him about a job there.” Gwen sighed. “I don't want to go. My life is here. Elyan and my Dad are here.”
“My advice is let him go with divorce papers in hand. You deserve better than that bloke.” Judy picked up the phone. “I know a lawyer that won’t charge you much. He handled my sister’s divorce.”
Gwen leaned against the desk. “I think I'm going to need that number. He and I are constantly at odds with each other these days. It’s worse than it's ever been.”
Judy nodded. “When I’m finished here, I'll find it for you. Go sit down before you drop.”
Gwen went over to a bench and sat down. She was tired of fighting with Lance and she just wanted out of the marriage. She longed to be free to find someone who didn't constantly argue with her.
She looked at the plain gold band on her hand. She and Lance married right out of school. Her father was so upset about it that he punched Lance in the face. Elyan had to pull her father off Lance before he killed him. To this day, Lance isn't welcome in her father's house except on holidays when a tenuous truce is in place.
Judy came over and sat down beside her. She held out a slip of paper. “Call and make an appointment. Get it done and dusted. Be thankful there are no children to consider.”
Gwen took the number and tucked it into the pocket of her sweater. “I promise to call. Is Mrs. Hampton’s family on the way?”
“Yes.” Judy gave her a hug. “Go home and get some rest.”
Gwen nodded. “Thanks Judy.” Gwen stood up and stretched. “Good night.”
Judy waved as she watched Gwen walk away. She shook her head when Gwen turned the corner out of sight. “Oh Gwen… I hope this time you see sense and get rid him before it's too late. If it isn't already.”
Gwen walked in the door and found dinner on the table. “What's all this?”
“We are celebrating! I got the job.” Lance came from the kitchen with two glasses and a bottle of wine. He handed her a glass and poured wine into it.
“What job?” Gwen sat the glass on the table. Her chest tightened suddenly.
“The job in York. We talked about it.” Lance poured wine into his glass. “I start at the end of the month.”
“I thought you were considering it not actually applying.” Gwen took a breath.
“I was but a job like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Lance didn’t see the look on her face as he continued. “I couldn't pass it up. Its guaranteed work for six months on the first construction site and then I’m guaranteed more as part of the company.”
Gwen shook her head and put up her hand to stop him from talking. “Lance, I’m not going to York with you. I want to stay here.”
“What? I thought we agreed to go if i got the job. I got it and now we're going.” Lance shrugged. He set the bottle and glass on the table. “It’s all set.”
“No its not.” Gwen sighed. “My family is here. My work. I don't want to uproot myself to York to look for a job and a place to live. I have all that here.”
Lance blinked. “I’m your family. I'm your husband.”
“You've been a pretty shitty one.” Gwen bit her lip. “You never think about what I might want.”
“If we go to York, we can start our family.” Lance reached out and rubbed her arm. “It pays more than I make here. We can have the baby you’ve been longing for. We said we would start a family as soon as we were financially stable. With this job we will be.”
“No. I don't want a baby with you. We fight too much for a child to be in between us.” Gwen walked toward the door. “I'm getting a divorce. I'm done with this.”
Lance grabbed her by the arm. “Your father is behind this, isn't he?”
“No! This is me wanting more than a marriage full of arguments and broken promises. You said you'd go to university but you haven't. Now you expect me to follow you to York because my dreams don't matter. I don't matter.” Gwen pulled away. “I'll stay in the on call room at work. Be gone when I come home.”
Lance watched the door close then picked up his glass and downed it. “Damn it.”