Passion Abroad

By: J A Fielding

“No, this has nothing to do with you, Erica. He made the choice to cheat because he didn’t deserve you,” she told herself as she drove off but even those encouraging words were not enough to make her feel better about herself. The next thing she knew, Eli’s stuff was gone from the house. He had moved out and moved on with his life without giving her as much as an explanation. And even though Erica knew she deserved an explanation, she didn’t really want anything that reminded her of Eli’s betrayal.

Erica was staring at the ceiling with the sounds of Pierce Morgan in the background when she heard her apartment door open. She rolled her head to the side to see her sister Emily and her longtime friend Cassandra walking in.

“That officially marks the last service provider canceled,” Cassandra said as she sat down next to Erica.

“Thanks guys, I couldn’t have done this without you,” Erica said forcing out a smile.

“By the way, you should really lock up. The world is a dangerous place to be in nowadays,” Emily said in a cheerful voice. Erica looked at her and shook her head.

“I literally live in a building practically owned by the police department,” she said. That may have not been reason enough but for her it was enough. It had always been enough knowing that eighty per cent of her neighbors had firearms; legal firearms.

“Well, we came bearing gifts,” Emily said as she pulled out a bottle of champagne from the brown paper bag she was carrying. “We pinched it from the caterer’s van. I mean, they shouldn’t get to keep everything right?” she asked.

“Yeah, they are keeping the security deposit,” Cassandra said matter-of-factly. Erica looked at the two and shook her head.

“I hate to burst your bubble guys but you do know that bubbly is usually used for celebrating stuff right?” she asked. Emily and Cassandra looked at each other and smiled before Emily popped the bottle.

“Well, we are celebrating,” Emily said. Erica raised an eyebrow. She wanted to ask what her sister meant but she was too tired to let her brain work out the kinks. “Well, you and Eli are officially over and trust me, if ever there was a reason to celebrate, this is it,” Emily added with a smile. Erica shook her head and grabbed the bottle from her sister before taking long gulps from the bottle.

“You do have glasses, right?” Cassandra said as she held her long dark hair up in a bun. Erica put the bottle down and stifled a burp. “Well,” Cassandra pressed. Erica rolled her eyes and walked to the kitchen. She caught a glimpse of the matching his and her mugs. Normally, she would have smiled and probably held Eli’s cup in her hands, maybe even kissed it at some point. She sighed and dumped the two mugs in the trash causing Cassandra and Emily to run into the kitchen. “Are you okay?” Cassandra asked when she and Emily walked in.

“Yeah we heard something break,” Emily said.

Erica turned around and smiled at them. “Never better.”

Emily looked inside the bin and smiled. “I also thought a little spring cleaning could do this place some good,” she said.

Erica smiled and reached for the wine glasses.

“So, what exactly are we drinking to?” Erica asked as she leaned against the counter.

Cassandra handed her a glass and smiled.

“There is the obvious reason, freedom from Eli but then again we could also just celebrate the fact that you never have to be in the same room with his family ever again,” she said. Emily laughed and Erica nodded. Cassandra was right. One of the best things about her and Eli being over was never having to spend a day with Eli’s judgmental family ever again. She raised her glass and took a long sip.

“You know what I don’t get?” Emily started as she looked through Erica’s fridge. “The fact that men get off so easily.” Erica’s eyes lit up when her sister said that.

“Funny. I was just thinking that before you guys came in,” Erica started. “When a high school girl gets pregnant, she has to take a year or two before she goes back to school. But the guy could very well be on to his next target, maybe even getting another teenager pregnant,” she said.

Cassandra looked into Erica’s brown eyes.

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