“Me either. I just….well…. I wanted him so bad after those dances. Maybe before that.”
“Do you think he’ll let it go? Because, if he doesn’t, I need to know.”
“I don’t know what he’ll do. He says he’s in love with me. Maybe he’ll come after me despite your threats.”
“And what will you do? You know if you spend more time with him Jason will find out.”
“I know. Not to change the subject, but what about the Angel case?”
“I’ve assigned you two young associates, who are reading the file now. By the way, they’re both women.”
Mabel watched out her window as James was escorted out to his car. She was sad for him, and she was also quite angry, frustrated. She had decided that she could safely have sex with James, if they did it right. Now she didn’t see that.
Mabel went home to Jason on time and he was there waiting. On the way she considered what to say to him. In the end she just decided to say what happened.
Mabel spoke when she walked inside. “Hi. It was an interesting day at work. James was fired, over what we did Friday. Apparently someone overheard us.”
“Well, I can’t say I’m sorry. How do you feel?”
“I don’t know. Ambivalent. I’m honest when I say that I was looking forward to getting worked up by James, even if he might not have fucked me. But maybe I dodged a bullet, because I don’t want to lose you. I love you. Did you make dinner?”
“Yes, a salmon and vegie soup. Home baked bread.”
“Wow. I like the new you. And you’re getting thinner. I hope you don’t lose too much off your cock.”
“We’ll just have to see. Was James bigger than me?”
And so they had dinner while Mabel described the meeting with Harry. The dinner was delicious, and Jason cleaned up. Mabel sat drinking more wine while she watched. She again felt empowered by her husband’s apparent submissive role. She decided to keep pressing in that direction.
She changed into shorts and a T-shirt. She pulled Jason into the living room, and she sat down on the couch. When he started to sit next to her, she stopped him.
She said, “I could use a foot rub.”