FICTION SERIAL (part twenty three): When Lying is Safer than Paying the Piper

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

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