A friends had come for have dinner with me so i wasn’t alone when he came and got his things.
He comes in –
I’m only going to be able to take what will fit in the car for now
I’ll be coming back to shower and eat most days so ill keep the key
Is there any dinner?
Yer there’s extra pasta
Cool, is there enough for me to take in a pot for lunch tomorrow too?
Yer ill put it in Tupperware for you.. oh i baked you some flapjack too.
(yes people that’s right, i baked flapjacks from scratch so the man i had loved for the last 9 years could be full of energy to go shag someone else)
He sits and eats with me and my friend
We start talking about other things – the weather, the news – this is f**ked up.
My friends phone rings – there’s something up at home – she has to go – shes very very sorry.
So we are left alone.
He potters around the flat picking up the bits he needs.
He calls me to the front door – hes bits are ready, hes going.
I feel numb.
He turns back
Sorry i forgot my pillow
You cant have it
You cant take it
I paid for it
Mandy its my pillow!
I don’t care
(I paid £70 for it but that’s not why i wants it. i don’t really know why, i have however drenched it in his aftershave)
I need it for my neck.
I don’t know why his need for the pillow sets me off but it does. i start crying, sobbing really. Hes crying then too, We both say things. He cant be unhappy so i can be happy. Things like this – we go on for about a hour.
In the end he gets up and leaves , hes late to meet her.
I lay on my bedroom floor and howl – its dramatic but true. I stop after a while, i manage to make it to the bed. I get undressed and lay on top on the duvet but on my side of the bed. I cant get in it for some reason i don’t know why. I cover myself with a blanket. I lay in the dark. I try to read, i cant. I try to sleep, i cant. I just lay and stare at the ceiling.
5 Hours later…………..
My mind is drifting
I keep thinking i can hear him.
I wish he would come back to me and tell me it was all a dream, that we loves me and wont ever leave me again.
I hear his key in the door.
I’m going mad
Only i’m not and hes here.
I was worried that you would do something stupid so i came back to check on you.
I’m broken, i sob – i wanted him and hes here and he doesn’t love me and hes not staying.
Oh love please stop that. Come here, let me tuck you in, why are you under that blanket, get under the duvet.
He tucks me in, its like i’m a child.
In the back of my mind i’m having issues relating this man to the monster that has been giving me sexual tips, comparing my performance to this girl.
He is so tender, as i lay there and cry. He gets me 2 teddies that live in the spare room. He tucks them in with me and sits on the edge of the bed. I’m sobbing now because i feel this is him letting go – there no bravado, hes so tender – hes killing me with it. He strokes my hair. I realize i wish i could die right now, with him stroking my hair and me looking in to his eyes. If the world stopped right now i would be OK with that.
He gets up
I cant breath he is going to leave
He stands there and looks at me
I’m going to stay tonight OK? But i’m going to leave in the morning and i wont stay again.
I just nod. He gets under the duvet and hugs me.
I feel his breathing level out after a while and i feel him drift off.
A very dark part of me considers getting up and taking an overdose so i can end my life curled up with him. I can end just like this, his arm is wrapped around me i’m scared to move in case he wakes up. I never want this night to end. I don’t do the overdose thing but i don’t sleep – not a single wink – i take this night in – i remember every sigh, every stretch, every breath.
He wakes in the morning – he gets dressed, he sits on my side of the bed. He tucks me in again with the 2 teddies. He strokes my hair, he hugs me. He tells me to sleep if i can. He tells me to take care. He’ll see me when he comes back to shower and eat.