Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 5)
Character/s: Judy (oc)
Summary: A meeting at a pub with Gwen has Lance thinking the wrong thing.
Word Count: 708
Prompt:299 Missed Chances
Author's Notes: Heartbreak Month
Gwen tapped her fingers on the table at the pub. Lance was late. She had given him a ring to meet her but she didn’t tell him it was to sign the divorce papers. If she had, Gwen knew that Lance wouldn’t come.
Ten minutes late, Lance appeared in the doorway with a bouquet of roses in his hand and a big smile on his face. He headed over to the table as soon as he saw her.
Gwen sighed. This was going to be harder than she wanted it to be for both of them. Gwen could tell that Lance thought they were getting back together.
Lance kissed her on the cheek and handed her the roses. He sat down across from her in the booth and smiled at her. “I’m so glad that you decided to give us another chance. I was a fool and I apologize for not speaking to you before I took the job in York. I just know you are going to love it there. It will be a fresh start for us. You’ll see.”
“Lance I think you have misunderstood my reasons for reaching out to you. This isn’t a second chance. We have run out of chances. Every time I think we are going to be happy, you do something without thinking of what I may want or need. I’m tired of waiting for you to figure it out.” Gwen pulled a large manila envelope out of her bag and put it on the table. “I want you to sign these and I want us to find the happiness we deserve with someone else.”
“Have you been cheating on me?” Lance shook his head. “What is his name? Is it that doctor that you are always talking about? Tell me.”
“I haven’t been cheating on you.” Gwen glared at him. “When would I have the time? I do double shifts and come straight home. I don’t have the time or the energy to have an affair.”
Lance frowned. “So you just want to end it here and now? To end it without any kind of discussion of how to fix this?”
“Yes. “Gwen took a pen out of her bag and held it out to him. “Please, don’t make this any more difficult than it has to be.”
“We were happy once. Remember? We could have started a family then but you wanted to go to nursing school so we waited. We missed our chance, Gwen.” Lance took the pen. The hurt showed in his eyes. “Now we have nothing not even a marriage to show for all the years that we have loved each other.”
“I’m sorry.” Gwen watched as he took the papers out of the envelope and signed them. “I know this isn’t what you thought I asked you here for.”
Lance put the papers back in the envelope. “No it isn’t. It bloody well isn’t.” He stood up and took a deep breath before walking away from the table and her.
Gwen put the envelope and pen back into her bag and looked at the roses on the table. She rubbed her forehead and sighed.
Gwen got up and left the roses on the table. She needed to get back to work.
Judy was waiting at the nurses station when Gwen got there. She looked up and put down the chart she had been looking at.
“Is it done?” Judy asked gently.
“Yes, it’s done. I have shattered a man’s heart into a thousand pieces because I want to be free.” Gwen came around the side of the desk and put her bag under it. “I’ll file them in the morning.”
“Are you going to take back your name?” Judy asked. “I would.”
Gwen started to look through the charts. “I hadn’t thought about it but I think I will. I just want to be me again.” She shrugged. “Whoever that may be.”
Judy reached over and gave her a hug. “It’s going to be fine. You’ll see. You made the right decision.”
“I know but you didn’t see his face.” Gwen sighed. “I think I will always remember the way he looked at me as he signed the papers.”
Judy hugged her a little tighter.