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TITLE (EDIT)
Furtive Glances
DESCRIPTION
Always the last to know!
[891 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Drama
AUTHOR
Sue (Sooz) Simpson
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm thirty nine, recently single again. I have two boys Cli' (pronounced clee) Real name Christopher and Mark. I'm a care in the community nurse and formerly (when I was married) an occupational Therapist working with the mentally ill on a secure unit. I love reading and writing and meeting people. I hate offal, seafood and intolerance. I keep dog, cat, polecats, rats and reptiles. And for seven years ran the second largest reptile sanctuary in Britain. Apart from having my lads, I think that's probably the most worthwhile thing I've ever done. Writing wise, I've been the main fiction writer for Legends magazine for three years.And have two books published 'Lizard's Leap' published by Quillusers, and 'Better the Devil You Know' soon to be released by Bestbooks.Um I drive a knackered old Astra, and ride a two litre trike. I live in the lake district of England, and am happy. :-)
[January 2003]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (84)
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A Twist In The Tail (Short Stories) - [963 words]
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Agony 2 (Short Stories) Morew from the irrepresible Aunt Nasty (May be deemed offensive). [1,077 words] [Comedy]
Angel Stew (Short Stories) The kitchens are in uproar. [826 words] [Comedy]
Anne (Short Stories) - [707 words]
Apple Of His Eye (Short Stories) Daddy's little girl, Daddy's little sweetheart. (May be deemed offensive). [1,742 words] [Drama]
Attractions (Short Stories) People stared at the sisters and called them freaks. [678 words] [Drama]
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Car Trouble (Short Stories) Boys will be boys. [496 words] [Comedy]
Cat's Chorus (Short Stories) - [1,332 words]
Cherry Blossom (Short Stories) - [435 words]
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Under The Whether (Short Stories) - [1,626 words]
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Worlds Biggest Loser (Short Stories) - [114 words]
You Are My Sunshine (Short Stories) - [1,285 words]
Furtive Glances
Sue (Sooz) Simpson

Its funny but they always say the wife’s the last to know. Now, in hindsight looking back on things she thought she had always known; now it all seemed so clear. Too many times they had sprung apart as she had entered the room Too many times she had seen the furtive glances cast between them when they thought she wasn’t looking.
 
She had suspected very early on in the marriage, but told herself not to be so stupid, there was always that one minor detail that would keep them apart, they had to be ‘just good friends’ ... weren’t they?
    
And yet the signs were there, one dead give-away had been the way they worked together in the kitchen. “You sit down darling, you’ve had a hard day, we’ll get the meal ready” He’d say. They worked in companionable harmony, one humming the first verse of a song, one humming the second and then joining together to hum the chorus. Each side-swerving at exactly the moment the other was about to pass. Only two people who had moved together in a syncopated rhythm could move that harmoniously in the small galley kitchen. People who hadn’t been lovers, would clash head on between the unit and the sink, one dripping bolognaise sauce over the others shoes as they smiled in polite irritation. The hostess wanting to scream “Will you get the hell out of MY kitchen, and get out from under my feet”. The visitor thinking to herself “Huh they invite you for a meal, and what happens? You end up cooking the bloody thing yourself”. What in fact is said is
“You first”
“He he, no you first”
“Ha ha, no I insist”
“Ho hum age before beauty”

Then the dance of the “pissed ducks” takes place you face your partner. The slopping of more bolognaise sauce is of course optional but it works especially well when one partner has a boiling hot serving dish in her hands, and an inadequate tea towel between it and her. Then you each take a side step towards the sink, smile that polite irritated smile, think a few nasty thoughts and then take a side step to the unit. The dance proceeds thus until the hostess finally loses it and shouts at the top of her lungs.

 “Stop right there, don’t move another inch or I’ll .....”

At this point the final splodge of Bolagnaise sauce splats onto the lino forming an interesting blot picture of a mother strangling a child, and you are led to wonder whether you should in fact be lying back on a well-upholstered couch saying.

 “My mother never did understand me doctor.”

Yes the signs were there all along but there was always just that one penis too many that SHOULD have kept them apart.

They cooked together, took the kids to the footie match together, they even went skiing in Switzerland once a year and had a whole week together. This was only tolerated because in return she got a week at her very exclusive, and horribly expensive health farm. Neither one was prepared to rock the matrimonial boat too hard on that issue.
 She thought life was rather like a non stick saucepan, that isn’t non-stick after-all. There you are simmering happily away, and then wham, you find yourself moulded to the Teflon coated bottom of the pan of life, floundering like a mollusc on mogadon.

It wasn’t as though he looked as if he batted for the other side. I mean how could you tell if your fella was a bit curly round the edges? He dressed to the right, had only one ear pierced and as far as she knew he’d never possessed a pink handkerchief. He didn’t show any abnormal desire to own a large studded leather dog collar, and was very particular about getting his aim correct when they made love. In fact their sex life seemed normal enough, usually twice a week for an average of about ten minutes from a cold start to, “Oh my god”.

She thought about Leonardo Dicaprio, in a leather G string, and he said.

 “OOOh hurt me mamma” a lot.

Mind you Rob had bought him that inflatable sheep the Christmas before last; no, she flatly refused to think too deeply about that one. She felt the red, well-upholstered couch and the man with the pretty tablets beckoning again.
 
”It just happened,” he said.

 Just happened! Just happened! Projectile vomiting ‘just happens’. Intense and unbearably agonising childbirth, ‘just happens’, well eventually. And come to think of it what sodding good was he then?

Stepping in dog crap, as you’re just about to get on the bus to town, ‘just happens’. Having a heart attack, and dying into your steak and kidney pie, in the middle of Coronation Street ‘just happens’.

Having it off with your very best, very male, friend does not “just happen” for Christ sake.

She popped another chocolate into her mouth in a consolidatory fashion, and continued to shred his clothes into inch long strips, that she then used to stuff a comfortably sized rag doll effigy of him. She took great delight in sticking hatpins, into his most tender of places, and just hoped that as he flew down the piste with his precious Rob, he felt maybe just the odd twinge of guilt here and there.

 

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"WOW!!! What a fantastic piece of writing. You were spot on with this one, Sue. So many wonderful phrases, I can't single any out! I *loved* your paragraph describing why she had never considered her husband to be gay. Great stuff, as usual :D" -- Simon King, Ilkeston, United Kingdom, Derbys.
"I know this one is pretty light-hearted and it's a witty and well written story, but there are things to think about in it as well. The core of the story is the bit about things that just happen (projectile vomiting etc.) and things that we choose to do (having an affair). I wondered if the wife was really justified in her anger. What I mean is, somebody is gay (or straight) whether they want to be or not. That's in the projectile vomiting category. It isn't something we choose. Whereas in the more conventional set-up, a husband can usually choose whether or not to have an affair. I suppose in this case Rob didn't choose to be gay (or bisexual?) but he did choose to respond to the attraction he felt towards his male friend. So in a way she had something to be angry about, but perhaps the real object of her anbger was herself, for not seeing what was going on, or for marrying a potentially gay man in the first place. It's an interesting little tale, very thought-provoking." -- David Gardiner, London, England.
"Thank-you Sime, I really don't like this one. But I'm very pleased that you enjoyed it. Thank-you." -- Sooz, Dalton, England, Cumbria.
"Thanks David. I wrote this with friends of mine in mind. they were happily married until he ran off with another bloke. He'd married her to prove to the world how straight he was. It was horrible for both of them. Luckily society is becoming more and more lenient and more gays are feeling happy to be themselves. Trust you to find the nuts and bolts in a lighthearted skit :-)" -- Sooz, Dalton-in-Furness, England, Cumbria.
"Snickers’ Review: As always, I think Sooz writes very well. I would address punctuation in this one (is there a recurring theme from this author?) ------ Ariel’s Review: How can anyone not love that? It's great and wonderfully entertaining. I love how it stayed lighthearted. The only thing I would really change is that the cooking section goes rather long and might be cut a little bit. That's all I've got. " -- Cam Davis.
"Thanks both, this isn't one of my favourites but I'm glad you both liked it. Thanks Cam. " -- Sooz, Dalton, England, Cumbria.

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