They were out celebrating his grandson’s latest football game. Crowded around the table wearing jerseys with their family name.
His eyes were drawn to her the moment she walked into view. His ex wife. His heart kicked hard in his chest. In that moment all the years that he had spent resenting her rewound to the day he had fallen in love with her.
It left him reeling. He still loved her. He tried to fill the emptiness inside him with other women, drinking, sex and now he knew he realized what was missing. Who he was missing. Her.
As if she felt his eyes on her, her head turned their gaze meeting. Her chin lifted defiantly, and she scowled.
His lips kicked up in amusement. Nope, She still hadn’t changed.
Her dark hair was disheveled, lipstick smeared. Mascara running down her cheeks. She was a mess. her jersey was too big on her and he realized it was his.
She approached their children’s table, her head high her shoulders back. Lord, that woman was something else. Disappeared out of their lives for years and walked back in as if nothing happened, he thought ruefully.
“Is it too late if I join you?” Her voice trembled despite her bravado.
Their son stood, wearing matching jersey “this is a family event, mother” he told her coolly.
“I see,” she whispered. Her eyes went from her eldest son, to her daughter to her her youngest sons. They had families of their own now and she missed every special event from her children growing up, to each of their weddings, the births of her grandchildren.
”I’m sorry I bothered you” she choked out. She took a step back and turned.
”that’s it?” She froze at her ex husband’s voice. “Go on then. Do what you always do. Run. Run when things get hard”
she pivotted on her heel to glare at him. “I’m not running away! They don’t want me here!”
He stood up from his chair and walked away from the table. A glimmer of panic slithered through her as he stalked her. “You left us, remember?” His voice was low. “I spent every day and night picking up our children’s heart and life because you couldn’t get your shit together!”
”I tried “ She croaked.
“You tried!” He seized her shoulders, “and what about me? I lost my wife! I was alone! You promised me forever!”
Before she could speak his mouth came down on hers. The kiss was gentle and soft. His head lifted “you left me. But I never left you. I have and will always love you!”
-part of a dream I remembered. I thought I had written it down but when I woke up I realized I hadn’t It was quite remarkable because all I can remember this woman left her family and as punishment traveled through time (forward and back). generations of her family reminding her how good she had it!