Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Judy's New Life #2

The story continues.......

When Judy arrived home, there was a note on the counter from her husband.  He had taken some of his clothes and would be in touch with her to get the rest of his things.  He also gave her the name of the attorney he had hired to file for divorce, but suggested that if she wanted to file first, he would wait until the following Monday.  There was also the name of another attorney she might be interested in noted on his message.

Judy didn't know whether to be sad or angry.  He was still trying to control her, to orchestrate her every move.  He had the children with him for the night and would return them to her in the morning to get ready for school.  She wondered what he was telling them.  Carl was 18, Gina was 16 and Sandra was just 14.  How would he explain to them that he had found another woman to be with?  It was almost comical to think of.  She made herself a cup of tea and found the telephone directory.  Turning to “attorneys” she found the name of the one she wanted and jotted down the number.  There was no way she would go to the one Duane had suggested.  Probably a good friend of his.

Sleep was illusive during the night with thoughts of being alone, finding an attorney, talking to the kids.  It was all so overwhelming and unexpected.  There was never a thought in her mind that she would be a divorcee.  What about their friends?  Would they take sides?  Who was going to look out for her needs?  Was there anyone she could talk to in confidence? 

In the wee hours of the morning before the sun was breaking on the horizon, Judy fixed a cup of coffee and put in a piece of toast.  She walked past the hallway mirror and was horrified to see her swollen eyes.  With a shower and a bit of makeup she was ready to face the kids when Duane brought them home.  She couldn't let them know how weak she felt.  She made a quick phone call to her friend Kathy.

“Kathy I know it’s really early, but I wondered if we could get together for lunch.  I really need someone to talk to.”
           
“Sure, Judy.  How about I meet you at Larson’s for lunch at around 11:30.  I’ll be at the gym, so can just stop by there on my way back.”


With her lunch date set, Judy was ready to begin to face the challenges of her new life.

Linking with Two Shoes Tuesday with the words want and need.  This presents a big conflict for Judy.  And here is your opportunity to help me write the story.  I have a couple of questions for you:
1.  What will her friend have to say to her?
2.  Any ideas about the attorney?
3.  What will she discover about herself?

( I have some thoughts about what will happen next, but I'd love to hear your ideas.)

Linda Kay

21 comments:

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I think that the attorney Duane suggested might not represent her interests very well, either because od low ability or helping a friend out.

The friend would act shocked, and not be very helpful.

Banana Oil said...

Judy should throw Duane's crap out. Clean house.

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, Beth said...

i find relationship issues tough to advise on ...because i would never know what to do unless i was in those shoes. is this a book or real life?

reason is: i have advised my friends in the past and now i feel they talk to me less because i was totally honest. the thing is i was right. what happened was what i did suggest. i didn't lie - i told them what i felt the Lord would do ... life is so hard. ( :

TexWisGirl said...

elizabeth is right - sometimes folks don't really want honesty. :)

Mary Hill said...

With her friend, she just needs someone to lean on, to her side of the story, and to be on her side. I think she lucks up and is directed to an attorney who fights for her. Hope this helps. Love the story so far.

Mike said...

Always get your own attorney.

William Kendall said...

The attorney needs to be a scrapper.

Far Side of Fifty said...

let him file, then find the best attorney possible and get a huge settlement...HE is the one that wants out of the marriage therefore he should pay through the nose! Obviously Judy is a little slow just learning about her husbands affair...were there no signs? It kills me that women are so shocked...
Hopefully her friend has great advice or maybe she is a lawyer:)

Gosia k said...

I love it interesting

Mage said...

Good. I want to read more.

zana said...

Hi Linda, A great story, went and read the first part too. I think that this will be a voyage of discovering that she has more strength than she believed she had.

DeniseinVA said...

I don't advise any more either. I tell people to follow their inner voice and do what feels right. Giving advice to a person who is really hurting can be dangerous. Being a good listener and always being there for your friends, showing them that you are in their corner is what they need to hear.

Janie Junebug said...

Her friend will give her the phone number of a lawyer. She will fall in love with him because he is such a great guy, in addition to steamrolling her husband. She'll learn through comparison that her husband was not a nice person, and she's glad he's gone. I look forward to the next part.

Love,
Janie

Rory Bore said...

oh definitely wise getting her own attorney!! And taking time to speak with a friend is always wise -- hopefully the friend will just listen mostly this time. Let her get all her feelings and emotions out.
Then... bonfire of his clothes! ha - just kidding.

Josie Two Shoes said...

Her soon to be ex-husband is much to neat/helpful/nice about this. It reminds me of me... I took such good care of a couple ex's, making sure that the separation required as little adaptation on their part as required. I look back and wonder why I was like that, when really they deserved to be dumped unceremoniously on the street with a sleeping bag and a roll of tp! I am glad that Judy gets her own lawyer and calls her friend up for some support. Going it alone is much harder, and her ex has already proven that he can't be trusted!

Josie Two Shoes said...

What Judy will discover as she negotiates this sudden change forced upon her life, is that she is much stronger than she thinks, and that she may ultimately end up in a better place and a better relationship than she has ever known before. I can happen! :-)

The Yum List said...

I think Kathy will be supportive, but she might know more than she's letting on.

whiteangel said...

That's interesting reading..

Anita said...

Hope all's fine & there's a happy ending.
May her friend advise her to take a trip & spend time exclusively with her spouse.
It worked in a divorce-case here :)

Amy at love made my home said...

The good thing about writing your own stories is that you can make anything you want happen! xx

Val said...

I love your stories, Linda Kay. So clear and identifiable. You identified all her emotions. I'm glad she didn't fall prey to Duane's continual control issues. Keep the story going!

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