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The Perfect Storm

As Heather leaves a hotel and gets in an Uber, she can’t help but think 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 up 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.

Heather: Why are we stopping here?

Driver: This is where your husband told me to bring you.

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

Heather: Baby, why did you pick this place? I’m sure there are nicer hotels.

Frank: Than this one? It’s all over the credit card statement, so I thought this was your favorite spot.

Heather: You’re looking at my credit card statements?

Frank: 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: You didn’t get a room?

Frank: I thought we could have a drink first.

Bartender: Hey Heather, do you want your usually?

Heather: Sure.

Frank: I’ll take the same.

Heather is looking all around.

Frank: Are you looking for someone?

Heather: No.

David walks in the bar. Heather feels faint. David walks up to Heather and Frank.

David: Hi Heather.

Heather: Do I know you?

David: I have a video of us I made that answers that question.

Heather: What! 

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

Frank: I needed proof of infidelity to leave you with nothing in the divorce.

David: And I made a quick buck in the process.

Heather: Please Frank!

Frank: You should get a room here. You don’t want to come home.

Frank and David leave. Heather cries at the bar.

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I’m Hannah Erica, a Philly native and the writer for this website. I received my Bachelor’s in Communications with a Journalism certificate from the University of Phoenix. I came from a big family, and growing up we didn’t have many material things to play with, so our creative sides came out. As a child I would write skits that my siblings and I acted out, and I would write children's books to read to my younger siblings. More than a decade ago a started writing film scripts and completed two. It's a tough business to get work published, so I put the film script writing on the back burner and I write short stories that I publish on my own website. "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."- Milton Berle.

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