Till Death Do Us Part

9 Jul

Death

Dan and Carol were together for many years. They fought a lot. Carol thought that Dan´s lack of ambition made him a loser and was vocal about this. Dan thought Carol was cold and incapable of loving anyone. Their fights were never over anything of substance. They just didn´t like the way the other talked. It was a very volatile relationship. One or the other giving an opinion on a current even could lead to a knock down drag out fight resulting in them not talking to one another for a week.
They finally came to a point where they had enough. The both agreed to go their seperate ways. They were able to remain friends for the most part, as long as their contact was short and far between. Dan felt a responsibility to Carol. He didn´t´feel she was truly capable of taking care of herself.
About one year after the break up Dan got a call from Carol. She was hysterical.
“Hello?” Dan answered confused. He knew it was her but was perplexed by the volley of sobs be thrown over the phone.
“I just got back from the doctor” she said.
Dan knew this was not going to be a pleasant call. Carol was a strong person. She rarely cried so he knew this was serious. “Do you want to talk?”
“Of course I do, stupid. That´s why I called” she said.
Dan was about to attack but pulled back. He realized she must be very upset about something. “Ok, then tell me”
“I have cancer. Very agressive cancer. I have to start chemotherapy immediately. The doctor thinks that will only buy me….” she trailed off.
“Oh my god that´s….” he was cut off.
“Months. The chemo will only buy me a few months. I´m going to die” Carol said.
There was silence. Dan had no idea what to say to this. “Can I see you?” he asked.
“Sure. Let´s have dinner tonight” she answered, her sobs coming under control.
That night they met at their favorite restaurant. Carol gave Dan more details about the doctor visit. Carol decided that she was going to forget about the diagnosis, just for the night. She was going to throw caution to the wind. She ordered a bottle of wine. Then another, then another. Although Dan was not comfortable with that but he understood and after the first bottle his level of comfort grew.
They paid the bill and made their ways to their respective cars. In the parking lot Carol turned to Dan and said “Come home with me. I cannot be alone tonight” Dan obliged. He got in his car and followed her home.
They made love that night for the first time in over a year. It was like the first time only better. Carol asked Dan to move in with her. She would need him as the chemo sapped her strength. Dan was weary about this. In the back of his head, even though he was ashamed to admit it, he knew she would not be here too much longer so there was a way out. He did still love her after all and she needed his help so he agreed.
The fighting started almost immediately. Carol complained about the things Dan brought from his apartment. Daily she would remind him how much of a pig she thought he was, she insulted the food he prepared for her and would frequently threaten to kick him out if he didn´t stop fighting with her.
Dan pushed through it. He knew she needed him. He knew of her limitations and again, he knew this was not permanent. Three months in, Carol´s health deterioted rapidly. She lost so much weight that Dan was afraid of breaking her when he put her in bed. She asked him to marry her because she did not want to die single. Dan agreed. They had a minister come to the house to perform the ceremony. It was official, they were married.
Around the sixth month a remarkable thing happened. Carol started to gain weight. Her skin started to look healthy and resumed its normal color. The life was coming back into her eyes. With this new life came more ire thrown Dan´s way.
Each month Carol´s health improved. Her blood exams were confirming what the eye could see. She was getting better. At the one year mark, the doctor told her she could stop chemo. The cancer was completely contained and could possibly go into remission.
Dan thought that with this rebirth maybe Carol would change. He was now contractually obligated to be with her, after all. He was horrified of the thought of giving Carol half of his considerable assets after having nursed her back to health over the past year. He would have to make this work.
A few tortuous months passed. To Dan they felt like an eternity. How did he ever get himself into this situation? He asked himself this every day. One day Carol came home with a grave expression on her face. She told Dan they needed to talk. She informed him that she was seeing another man. It was serious. She was going to divorce him, leave him the apartment and not ask for a dime from him. Everybody involved lived happily ever after.

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9 Responses to “Till Death Do Us Part”

  1. Bruce Goodman July 9, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    This one certainly led me on a wild-goose chase – going this way and then that way! I was thinking “oh no!” all the way through until the end!

    • Ryan July 9, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

      See, I can write a “happy ending” 🙂 As always, thanks!

  2. Susanne July 9, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    Whew. Thank the gods this ended happily. Although if Carol had died I’d have been happy about that, too. What a skank!

    • Ryan July 9, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

      Funniest comment of the year award goes to you! I have known a few Carol´s. I don´t know how your process is, but mine´s such that I have little control once I get “cranking” (no, nothing to do with Meth) I really thought she was going to die, maybe in a non cancer related way. But this is how it ended. I proved to myself I can be positive! Thanks so much for reading.

  3. Susanne July 9, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    So,true Ryan. Often I start a story with a scrap of an idea and then it takes on it’s own momentum. Fun, isn’t it?!

    • Ryan July 9, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

      That´s exactly how I work! It is fun and surprising at times. There are stories that I read after finishing and am like, where or who did that come from!?!?

  4. Priceless Joy July 9, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

    Modern day fairy tale but true to life. LOL! I’m glad he was able to get rid of her in the end. Now she can be some other man’s problem.

    • Ryan July 9, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

      This is as close to a fairy tale as I am capable of! 🙂 This is one of the more positive outcomes of any of my stories! Thanks for reading.

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