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The Perfect Storm

As Heather leaves a hotel and gets in an Uber, she can’t help but think about how good she has it. A loving husband who pays all the bills, and goes away on enough business trips where she can enjoy her man toy, David. After 10 years of marriage with a 20 year age difference, Heather’s husband can’t keep up with her, sexually, anymore.

Heather’s husband Frank has two grown children and they live in other states. Frank and Heather moved to Chicago a few months ago and she feels free to act how she pleases, because no one knows them in this new city. Heather met David at the hotel bar two months ago, and they meet there to spend time together. Heather’s cover story with David is that she lives out of town, and comes to town on business. She tries to see him whenever she can.  Heather’s husband is flying back in the evening and he said he has a surprise for her. She loves his surprises. It’s usually dinner, jewelry, or a spontaneous vacation. He sent a limo to pick her up and take her to a surprise destination. Heather’s in the limo fixing her hair, then looks up to see she is outside the hotel that she rendezvous with David.

“Why are we stopping here?” Heather asks the limo driver.

“This is where your husband told me to bring you.”

Frank is standing outside with flowers.  He opens the limo door.

Heather’s a little anxious.  “Baby, why did you pick this place? I’m sure there are nicer hotels.”

“Than this one? The restaurant is all over the credit card statement, so I thought this was your favorite spot.”

“You’re looking at my credit card statements?”

“I’m paying the bill, and it’s been higher than normal, so I looked to see what you were spending my money on.”

Heather looks at Frank surprised. He escorts her to the bar.

Heather look hesitant. “You didn’t get a room?”

“I thought we could have a drink first.”

The bartender recognizes Heather. “Hey Heather, do you want your usually?”

Heather looks nervous.  “Sure.”

Frank smiles. “I’ll take the same.”

Heather is looking all around.

“Are you looking for someone?”

“What? No.”

David walks in the bar. Heather feels faint. David looks around and sees Heather. He walks up to Heather and Frank.

“Hi Heather.”

Heather attempts a cover. “Do I know you?”

“I have a video of us I made that answers that question.”

Heather’s astonished. “What!”

Heather looks at Frank, shaking her head.

David continues. “I followed you home last week, and realized you lied to me. I talked to your husband, and we planned this meeting.”

“I needed proof of infidelity to leave you with nothing in the divorce.”

David chimes in,  “And I made a quick buck in the process.”

Heather gasps for air.  “Please Frank!”

Frank looks at Heather coldly. “You should get a room here. You don’t want to come home.”

Frank and David leave. Heather cries at the bar.


Hannah Erica, is a Philly native and writer of the flash fiction stories for Weeklysweetspot. You can also find her essays, poems and articles on She received her B.S. in Communications, with a Journalism certificate, from the University of Phoenix. More than a decade ago she started writing film scripts and completed two. It's a tough business to get work published, so she put the film script writing on the back burner and write short stories that publish on

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