After I said goodbye to Charles and Rita at Rainbow Dream, Charles’s mother, Alice, called me.
She told me that she and Christine–Charles’ grandmother were coming to see us.
It had been a long time since I last saw them.
I was so excited by Alice’s call that I practically screamed my agreement at her over the phone.
I could not wait to see them both, especially Grandma Christine.
I had missed her and her delicious apple pies.
They had always been very kind to me and made me feel like I was family.
If they found out that Charles and I were planning to get divorced, they would be heartbroken.
So Charles and I tried our best and acted like a normal loving married couple until Alice and Christine decided to go home.
It just was not the right time to tell them.
We had to be really careful as well because Christine was unusually perceptive.
She could sense lies and deception from a mile away like a shark smelling a drop of blood in the water.
I was not expecting Charles home, but as soon as I saw him, I acted like a caring wife to him.
I honestly thought I deserved an Oscar Award for my performance.
Thinking about how Grandma Christine scolded Charles earlier like he was a naughty, restless little boy, I had to bite down my laughter.
“What’s so funny?”
“What? Nothing,” I mumbled.
I needed to find a place in the house to be alone for a while.
Since Charles and I talked about the divorce, I had been finding it a little difficult to stay in the same room as he was.
“Where are you going?”
“Can you run me a bath, please?” Charles ordered with a cold face.
I turned on my heels and went upstairs to the bathroom.
I stared at the huge white porcelain double bathtub and realized that I had never used it.
Suddenly, I was imagining Charles taking a bath in it.
It took all of three heartbeats before my imagination blew the Charles-in-the-bathtub scene out of proportion and sent me reeling.
‘What the hell, Scarlett? Stop with the inappropriate thoughts about your husband already!”
I shook my head and turned on the tap.
After adjusting the water temperature, I waited for the bathtub to fill up.
I sat on the edge of the bathtub and thought about the dinner party tomorrow night.
Shall I go with Charles? If I were being honest, going with Charles to the party would make me a bit uncomfortable, but I had not seen or spoken to his family in a long time.
I would really love to see Alice and Grandma Christine again and also Lawrence.
I had known them since I was a little girl, and I truly think of them as my family.
While I was immersed in my reverie, the bathroom door suddenly swung open.