Stood-Up

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Cursed with a funny last name, Laura Duck finds herself waiting again on a man whom she's been dating for five years. But why is she waiting?

Submitted: June 29, 2011

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It was 10:45pm, and the restaurant would be closing soon. The candles were still lit with wax melting down to the holders, light smoke coating the dimness of the room with the scent of lavender and vanilla. Mozart’s Symphony #40 in G Minor played over the speakers, giving the night a nice warm goodbye.

Fancily dressed people were getting up to leave, couples escorting each other out drunk on expensive chardonnay. The people working here loved this time of the night because these customers tipped very well. But Laura wouldn’t be tipping anyone tonight. Her date was supposed to have done all of that.

Laura Duck sat sulking at the middle table, alone, drunk on red chardonnay. Her dark hair was pinned up, and she wore a fancy black V-neck dress with no sleeves and a slit down the side. Tonight was supposed to be her and Trevor’s fifth anniversary of when they started dating. He had stood her up once again. His “job” was obviously more important to him than Laura. ‘I should have taken the hint the first time he didn’t show.’ She thought.

Laura looked into the comforting glass and tilted it between her stained lips. After finishing the last sip, a waiter came to her table. He was tall, pretty and had short blond hair.

“We’re closing soon, would you like me to call you a cab?” He asked politely taking her empty glasses and dishes onto his tray.

“No…I should be okay walking home.” Laura replied without looking at him again.

“Are you sure? I can give you a ride if you’d like.” He offered.

“I don’t need your pity, but thanks, I appreciate the concern.” She said.

The waiter walked away, and as he did so, Laura watched the way he swayed, and figuring he was gay she changed her mind. It wouldn’t be so wrong to have a gay guy drive her home. After all Laura needed a friend.

“Wait! I changed my mind.”

The Waiter turned around and nodded.

“Very well then, I’ll let you know when I’ve clocked out.” He said looking at his watch, then back at Laura.

While being driven home, Laura thought, ‘maybe I should get to know him better’.

“So, what’s your name? I forgot to ask.” She said, trying not to come off as flirty.

“Florence,” he said, surprisingly without a lisp, “it’s what my mother decided to name me because she originally thought I would be a girl. But poof, I came out opposite.”

“Well Florence, it’s nice to meet you, even though it’s an unfortunate occasion. My name’s Laura.” She said trying to gather a vibe.

“What happened that it’s so unfortunate?” he asked, “Whoever you were supposed to meet must be a real jerk.”

“Well, his name is Trevor. He’s a really nice guy, but his job is really important to him. I guess he had to stay late.” She said with uncertainty.

“You don’t sound so convinced. It sounds to me like you’re not as important to him. Maybe it’s time to move on.” He said before stopping at a red light.

“I’m going to see where it goes next. I might break it off with him because it’s been five years that we’ve been dating.” She said thinking about the time her and Trevor met at the park bench by the lake.

“Wow, five years? That’s such a long time. You should be married by now. Has he talked about it with you?” Florence Asked.

Florence was beginning to sound like a relationship shrink. Laura started to feel weirdly comfortable around him, even though they had just met. ‘Are all gay guys like this?’ She thought.

Laura found herself lost in thought. ‘No…Trevor had never thought about marriage. Maybe it was time to move on. He had never shown much interest towards me. Was he staying in the relationship just to say he was dating an attractive woman?’

Suddenly, something unexpected happened. While passing through the tail end of downtown, Laura saw Trevor walking with some other woman. She wasn’t one of those cheap dates you find in a club. Her blond hair was done Marilyn Monroe style, her figure was a perfect hourglass shape, and she had on this really cute blue dress with white toeless heels. ‘She could probably have any man she wants.’ Laura thought.

“Stop the car!” Laura shouted.

“Why, what’s wrong?” Florence said pulling over.

Laura got out of the car and went storming across the street to confront Trevor, who was in a black business suite with his dark hair slicked back. Florence rolled down the window to listen.

“I can’t believe you’re cheating on me!” Laura yelled pointing her finger at Trevor.

“Darling,” said the other woman coming between them angry with authority, “you’ve made a big mistake.” She said showing Laura her wedding ring.

“You’re married?! So that’s why you never talked about marriage! I was the girl on the side?!” Laura yelled.

Trevor put up his hands in a defensive stance.

“Hold on Laura, I can explain.” He said calmly.

“What’s to explain Trevor, it’s obvious you chose her over me.” Laura said pointing at the other woman.

“Don’t you dare point that finger at me, you tramp!” The woman said flicking Laura off with her freshly painted nails. “This is MY husband, and you are NOT going to come between us!” She said trying to grab Laura’s hair clip.

“Barbara no! Stop it!” Trevor said trying to break up the fight, but got shoved out of the way as Laura backed into the street.

Florence got out of the car and stepped in front of Laura putting his hand out. Barbara stopped in her tracks, looking at him with disgust.

“How dare you defend this hussy!? She’s just another one of my husband’s side girls!”

“This woman had no idea your man is married, so you shouldn’t be treating her the way you are. She’s innocent in all this. You should be angry at your man!” Florence said with fire in his eyes.

“Well, that’s up to me, now isn’t it? I love my husband with all my heart. I would do nothing to hurt him. If he wanted to leave me he would have already filed for divorce.” Barbara replied.

“So you’re gonna let him have his cake and eat it too? Have you ever thought that maybe he’s thinking about leaving you? Maybe he’s already chosen Laura.” Florence said smiling eagerly for an intelligent response.

Barbara turned around embarrassed, and frustrated to find Trevor had slipped away into the night.

“He’s gone. I can’t believe he left me here!”

Around the corner, Trevor peeked into a Café open after midnight to see another girl he’d been pursuing working the counter. He waited for her to get off work, and they discussed future plans. He would not be changing his womanizing ways anytime soon. And he still planned on seeing Laura again to let her know how sorry he was, and how he planned on leaving his gold digging wife.

 

Alternate Endings

“I can’t believe you’re cheating on me!” Laura yelled pointing her finger at Trevor.

“Darling,” said the other woman coming between them angry with authority, “you’ve made a big mistake.” She said showing Laura her wedding ring.

“You’re married?! So that’s why you never talked about marriage! I was the girl on the side?!” Laura yelled.

Trevor put up his hands in a defensive stance.

“Hold on Laura, I can explain.” He said calmly.

“What’s to explain Trevor, it’s obvious you chose her over me.” Laura said pointing at the other woman.

The other woman laughed rolling her eyes at Laura’s stupidity.

“Honey, you think you have it all thought out, don’t you?” She said.

“Laura,” said Trevor, “This is not my wife. She was showing you her ring because she’s married but not to me. She’s my business partner.”

Laura looked down feeling stupid.

“What happened to you tonight? You didn’t even call.” Laura said putting Trevor on the spot again to redeem herself.

“Oh, I’m sorry…Laura, I’ll have to make it up to you later. I had to discuss business plans.”

“It’s our fifth anniversary of when we have been dating Trevor. Do I mean nothing to you? Do you love your job more than me?” Laura said trying not to get too emotional.

“Of course he loves you, sweetie. But this is very important, and I need his help.” Said the woman.

“I’m not a child. What would you think if your husband decided to choose something or someone over an important date with you? Or is it the other way around?” Laura shot back.

“Babe, please don’t do this. I promise I’ll make it up to you.” Trevor said trying to hug Laura.

Laura turned her back to him.

“It’s over Trevor. I’ve found someone new, and as a matter of fact, he’s waiting across the street to drive me home.” She said with teary eyes.

“You couldn’t have found someone that quickly Laura Duck. Don’t be silly.” Trevor replied.

“Hey Florence, come here!” She called.

Florence got out of the car, and nervously walked across the street. Trevor couldn’t believe Florence had actually lived up to his promise. Trevor wasn’t going to tell Laura about his deal he had made with Florence earlier that evening. Trevor and Florence had found themselves involved, making it hard for Trevor to make a decision on who he wanted the most. Would he marry Laura, or would he come out of the closet?

Alternate Endings

“I can’t believe you’re cheating on me!” Laura yelled pointing her finger at Trevor.

“Darling,” said the other woman coming between them angry with authority, “you’ve made a big mistake.” She said showing Laura her wedding ring.

“You’re married?! So that’s why you never talked about marriage! I was the girl on the side?!” Laura yelled.

Trevor put up his hands in a defensive stance.

“Hold on Laura, I can explain.” He said calmly.

“What’s to explain Trevor, it’s obvious you chose her over me.” Laura said pointing at the other woman.

“Don’t you dare point that finger at me, you tramp!” The woman said flicking Laura off with her freshly painted nails. “This is MY husband, and you are NOT going to come between us!” She said trying to grab Laura’s hair clip.

Trevor held the woman back.

“Barbara, let me have a talk with Laura. You must let me do this, babe.” He said.

“Fine! I’ll see you at home.” She said glaring at Laura and walking away.

Trevor motioned Laura into the nearest place to sit, and said,

“Please hear me out.”

“What’s there to hear? It’s obvious you’ve chosen her over me.”

“I kept her a secret for a reason Laura. She’s no good. I don’t love her as much as I love you.” He said with watery eyes.

“You’re fibbing. You would have divorced her by now. And she’s got everything. She’s got a nice body, the perfect clothes and complexion…what more can you ask for?” Laura said.

“I’ll tell you, if you’ll listen for a moment.” He said impatiently.

“Okay, then talk away.” Laura said crossing her arms.

“She’s a gold digger. I loved her once upon a time, but she married me for my money. I only stayed with her for tax purposes. I love you Laura. You’re beautiful inside and out. You have more than you think you do. And you don’t want me for my money.” He said with a tear running down his cheek.

“Then why don’t you leave her and marry me?” She said trying not to cry.

“Because she has blackmail on me. She knows secrets about my company that no one else does. If I leave her, she’ll let those secrets out and my company will lose a money battle with her. I told you, she’s no good.”

“Okay. Then I call a relationship break until you can figure this out. But I’m not waiting forever. I’m not sure I can trust you anymore. By the way, there’s a guy across the street I just met. You don’t have forever to make a decision on whether or not to leave your wife.”


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