When morphine-addicted John Weldon throws his journal into the fire he must explain to his wife . . .
“My journal was full of thoughts that would embarrass me,” Weldon explained. “As much as I love you, I don’t want you to read me at my worst.”
“But that means you never let your guard down with me!” Katherine said. “I need you to trust me because I trust you. Now is the time, John, to tell me everything when I am ready to accept anything.”
Weldon didn’t believe her. He had seen the way Katherine looked down upon the men with no self-control. It would be asking too much of her to accept that she had married an uneducated soldier with little hope of promotion, destined to move from one desolate post to another who also loved morphine. Weldon compared Simon’s drinking to what happened to him when he smoked opium or shot morphine. How could Weldon explain that when he was doing it he loved it more than he loved Katherine and the children? It sickened him to be so weak. “Katherine, please trust that I will always love you, and that I tell you everything about me I can. Let the embarrassments of my past stay in the past.”
“There have been no women?” Katherine asked.
And now Weldon lied to satisfy her; to keep her from the real truth. “Before I met you there was one . . .”
Katherine was hurt yet relieved—an affair with a woman was normal, something she could live with. “Why didn’t you tell me?”
Weldon tripped over his words. “I was ashamed. It was with a…well…a colored girl.”
Katherine pulled her hands away from his. She knew John was lying to her. It was Simon’s story he was stealing.
Weldon kept his eyes averted. “It was only once,” he stammered making things worse.
“John, I forgive you for that,” Katherine lied icily, “but if there is something else and I find out, I will never forgive you.”
“I will never lie to you again,” Weldon said, lost at sea now. He had never lied to Katherine outright before and what a stupid lie he came up with! Things would never be quite the same between them yet he’d escaped once more and vowed–no more lies and no more medication!
***Watch for the fully re-edited version of my novel THE HOUSE ON TENAFLY ROAD to be released soon! In the meantime enjoy some tasty bits:
PART ONE HERE
PART TWO HERE
PART THREE HERE
PART FOUR HERE
PART FIVE HERE
PART SIX HERE
PART SEVEN HERE
PART EIGHT HERE
PART NINE HERE
PART TEN HERE
PART ELEVEN HERE
PART TWELVE HERE
PART THIRTEEN HERE
PART FOURTEEN HERE
PART FIFTEEN HERE
PART SIXTEEN HERE
PART SEVENTEEN HERE
PART EIGHTEEN HERE
PART NINETEEN HERE
PART TWENTY HERE
PART TWENTY ONE HERE
PART TWENTY TWO HERE