Tonight, our ill-fated fellow's divorce saga continues. To read Part I,
Your eyes fly open at first light. You've got to get up before anyone
comes in. No one can know that you spent the night crashed on your office
sofa. The gossip would be endless. The repurcussions to your career could
You rise quickly and fix a cup of coffee. You drive to the gym, not for
the weights but for the shower. You dress for work and drive right back
to the office, the sofa, that you left but an hour before.
You stare at your monitor as though it had answers. The cursor just blinks at you.
You call your wife. She doesn't answer. You fire off a text. You get
nothing back. You think of your babies, eight, five and two. You wonder
if your oldest are in school. You wonder if your youngest is at her day
care. The cursor just blinks at you.
"Knowledge is power," you realize, through the haze that is your
sleep deprived mind. "I need to know my options." Your monitor
roars to life with a Google search for divorce attorneys.
"We're aggressive! We'll get everything coming to you,"
shouts one web site. You call and make an appointment. You keep searching
and make appointments with two more firms whose web sites don't immediately
put you off.
"Knowledge is power," you convince yourself. It feels good to
do something. You call your wife and leave another message. You text her
again for good measure. Nothing.
Your best friend from work bursts into your office to remind you that the
weekly meeting is about to start. At the meeting you feel like everyone
is under water. At least, that's how they sound. Your brain feels
like an oil soaked sponge. You can't make it clear no matter how hard
you try. You don't try very hard.
After the meeting, back in your office, the cursor still blinks.
The receptionist calls you. Someone to see you at the front desk. Somehow
you make it up there without falling into a wall. A well dressed gentleman
has a small package for you. You're being served with a divorce complaint.
It's time to call a friend. Maybe its even time to call your parents.
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