Judy's New Life #5 - A continuing story on Tuesdays.
Within the week, Judy had to reorganize her time schedule and find some good outfits to report to work at the attorney office. The kids helped around the house to keep things picked up, and Gina enjoyed doing some of the cooking. Sandra seemed to be the one taking her parents’ separation the hardest, always asking Judy if Dad could come home. Judy reassured her that both of them loved her very much. On her way out the door one day, Judy signed a permission slip for Carl to make a day trip with his senior class.
The duties at Trevor’s office were overwhelming at first with so many new things to learn. Other employees in the office were anxious to help her in her new job. Since she had a good working knowledge of the accounting software, at least that wasn’t totally new to her.
In the elevator on the way to the parking lot for her lunch break, Judy ran into John, whom she had met several days before in Trevor’s office.
“Hi, again. Fancy meeting you here!” He smiled a friendly smile of recognition.
“Hi, John. I’m actually working here now. You remember the accounting questions that came up the first day we were here?”
“I do remember. Good for you. Say, do you have time for a cup of coffee? There is a "Starbucks" just half a block down the street?”
“I have a couple of errands to run, but I could probably spare time for a cup.” Judy was curious about John and wanted to know him a little better, but she was also nervous.
Over coffee and a light sandwich, Judy and John talked briefly about their current divorce situations, their children, and jobs. She found him easy to talk to and was flattered by his interest in her. When he asked her to join him for dinner and a movie on Saturday night, she accepted.
Duane came by the house on Saturday morning to pick up some of his things. He told her his attorney was going to be in touch with her attorney to see what they could work out about child support and division of property. Judy thought he seemed much more agreeable than she had expected, a bit of a mystery, but he did want to go on to a new life. Sandra had told him that Judy was going out with someone on Saturday night.
“I hear you have a date already.” There was a note of sarcasm in his voice. “Is your job going well for you?”
“It’s just a friend I met through work. And I like my job.”
Small talk behind them, Duane left with some of his clothes, but didn’t bother with any of his tools and collections. It seemed to Judy to be a small selection of items.
Dinner on Saturday night was festive and delicious, served at a country club outside of town. John was very attentive, seating her at the table, opening doors for the car and the club. She enjoyed his conversation. After dinner and some wine, they went to the movie to see the latest release. At the theater, John had his arm around her, and Judy squirmed to keep distance from him. He drove her home and walked her to her door. It was almost midnight.
“I’ve really enjoyed the evening, Judy. Are you going to invite me in?”
“I’m sorry, John. I think the kids are still up, and I’m not ready to bring you into their life at this moment.”
Before she could even get her key in the doorway, John put his arms around her, pulled her to him, and kissed her. She pushed him away.
“This is too much, John. I’m just not ready for this kind of a relationship. Being friends is one thing, but I’m not even divorced yet, and neither are you.”
Without a word, John turned and walked to his car and drove away.
That went well! Judy thought to herself. She figured there would not be a second date with John anytime soon. What was he thinking?
The kids were waiting inside for her return, watching late night television. She greeted them, then went into the kitchen to pop some popcorn to share while they watched the late movie together.
“Remember, Mom. I’m going on that day trip with the class on Monday.” Carl was evidently looking forward to the historical sights they would visit.
“Got it on my calendar. I’m sure you will all have fun.”
What did you think of John?
Why the reminder of the class trip?
What’s up with Duane?
Linking today with Two Shoes Tuesday for the words midnight and mystery. Thanks for the prompts!