by Cristiano Caffieri
Truman and Vanessa Ashmore seemed to have the perfect marriage, whereas their friends Hugh and Lisa Kellemann had recently split up. The break not only put Mr. K in a bad financial situation, it also threatened his career.
The two guys worked at the same company but Truman was not as ambitious as his friend, who seemed to be destined for better things. However, Edward Trouten, the CEO, was a born again Christian, who didn’t employ any divorced men or women, believing they should stick it out no matter how much they hated each other.
Unfortunately, the recently divorced Hugh was up for promotion and due to go for an interview with the self-righteous chief executive at the company’s head office in Houston. The big snag was – he had to take his wife along, and they were to spend a week-end socializing with the boss and his wife. However, when he asked his best friend if he could take his spouse along as a substitute he was shocked.
“Of course I trust you Hugh, but I think it’s just too much to ask, I mean flying all the way to Texas and then staying at a hotel with my wife seems a little over the top.”
That evening Truman mentioned the conversation to Vanessa and although she agreed it was a most unusual request she didn’t think they could let their friend down.
“After all, he’s been through hell with his divorce,” she said.
He mulled it over all the next day and then rang Hugh and told him it was OK.
When the pair set off for the airport the husband, who was effectively a bachelor for the next three days, waved goodbye with a lot of misgiving. His wife, on the other hand, was just as happy as could be. She hadn’t been on a trip of any kind for a couple of years and she was looking forward to it immensely. Her brand new luggage contained a number of outfits she’d bought for the occasion, she’d had her hair done and her nails manicured.
The journey was uneventful and as Hugh had booked two separate rooms at the hotel – so was that. However, after his initial lunch meeting with his boss, to which she was not invited, complications set in. They were both asked to stay the next night at the Trouten’s palatial home just outside of the city.
“My god, we’re going to have to sleep in the same room,” she gasped.