Monet was in her eighth month of pregnancy and being extremely unreasonable and demanding. He knew that pregnancy was difficult, but his mother had never been this way with his father when she was pregnant with Joy and then Aiden. His cellphone began to ring, and he automatically knew it was her.
Shawn sighed. He had no more illusions left about Monet. She was selfish, narcissistic, and mean spirited.
Monet had at first looked at him coldly and then said, “Of course it’s yours!” She had then gone into a ridiculous tirade about how much she was sacrificing for him by bringing his brat into the world, and he had the gall to ask if it was his!
He stopped by his parent’s home before he picked up the food for Monet. Alissa was home and hugged him tightly when he came through the door. She looked at him closely. He looked tired, stressed and much older than his years.
“Shawn, Honey, you have to take care of yourself too!”
Shawn didn’t really know why he’d stopped by. Maybe it was because everything was so calm here, so normal. He missed it. He wished that he had listened to his parents advice and waited until he was older to sleep with a girl. He wished that he’d waited until after he was married and really loved and knew the girl. However, he hadn’t done that and was now experiencing the worst consequences of his decision.
“No, but thanks.”
“I love you, Honey.”
Aiden smiled proudly. He was so happy that his Dad had started attending all of his games and taking him to most of his practice sessions. He had even promised to take him to see the big auto racing competition in Las Vegas because Aiden loved car races. It was going to be just the two of them although they had asked Shawn to go with them. Aiden was so excited.
“Thanks Dad. They almost had us though!”
“They didn’t put enough seasoning in this!”
Shawn wasn’t even listening. He started working on his algebra homework. A part of his agreement with his parents was that he stay in school and he was trying hard to keep his grades up. Suddenly, Monet stopped talking.
She screamed, “Get me to the hospital!”
“Take that brat away from me.”
When Perry was a month old, his natural father found out about his birth. After finding out that Perry wasn’t Shawn’s son, and Perry’s appearance, Aaron knew that the baby had to be his. There was no way that he wanted that two timing Monet to have his baby! He talked it over with his parents, and they agreed to help him gain custody of his son, their grandson.
Monet didn’t even fight for custody when she received the court papers. So Shawn and his family sadly said goodbye to Perry, but they realized that being with his father’s family was really in his best interest. He’d have the love and care of at least one of his natural parents. Dale and Alissa intended to sit Shawn down and convince him to end his marriage to Monet, but Shawn kept canceling on them.
A couple of weeks after Perry left, Shawn came to the house after work. He heard female voices and laughter when he walked through the door. An odd odor overwhelmed him. He didn’t recognize it. He instinctively held his breath as he opened a window. Then he headed down the hallway to the livingroom. He was shocked to see Monet and another girl smoking brown unlabeled cigarettes. He realized what they were. They also had glasses of wine.
Shawn had tried to be patient but this was it! He snatched the cigarettes and the baggy containing the unused weed. Then he flushed it down the toilet.
Shawn turned to her and gave her such a glare that she shut up and returned to her friend. Over the next week, Monet moved her friend into the house without consulting Shawn. She shared the bedroom with Monet. From the very beginning, Shawn hadn’t shared the bedroom with Monet. He’d set up a cot for himself in the nursery and slept in there.
Faye had seen Shawn enter the school library, and she followed him inside. She sat down at the table with him. She hated how miserable he seemed to be and that she was about to add to it. It had been months since they’d spoken. Shawn looked at her silently, waiting for her to speak first.
“Shawn, I don’t know how to say this except straight out. I know that you don’t like people who beat around the bush.”
Faye took a deep breath and then told him quickly.
“While you’re at school or working, Monet has guys at the house. It’s all over school and probably all over town. It’s not just gossip Shawn. Before I said anything to you, I wanted to verify it for myself.”
“Shawn, why are you still even with her!”
That question seemed to really startle him. She saw a look of resignation and actually peace come across his face.
“Faye, that is a very good question. I guess that I felt that I had to stay with her, but we don’t really have a marriage. It takes two people committed to making it work, and neither of us is doing that. Neither of us wants that. It’s time for me to accept that getting married to Monet was a huge mistake.”
Shawn stopped by the house before he went to his after school job. He could tell that Monet was unpleasantly surprised to see him. She went into her bedroom and closed the door. Shawn could hear her speaking quietly into her phone. She was probably canceling whatever she had planned for the evening because he was home. He found a suitcase and started packing his things. Monet came into the room.
“Are you going on a trip somewhere.”
“No, Monet, I’m ending this joke of a marriage. I’m packing up my things and returning to my parent’s house. You have two weeks to find someplace else to live.”
Shawn continued packing. Monet tried another tactic.
“Shawnie, I’m sorry. Please let’s try again. You know that I love you.”
She stood provocatively. “It’s been so long, and I miss you. Let’s go into the other bedroom. I promise things will be different!”
“Monet it’s over! I’m leaving and I’m turning this house back over to my parents. They can sale it or rent it out. I don’t care, but you’re out of here! Why don’t you go shack up with one of your boyfriends?”
He saw an expression of anger come into her eyes, but he wasn’t finished yet.
“At first Monet, yeah, I was a chump for thinking that you were not the slut that everyone said you were. I thought that there was some good inside you, but ever since the beginning of our marriage, I’ve seen you for what you really are. I stuck with you because we’d made vows to each other, but you don’t care about me or our marriage. Guess what! I don’t care about you anymore either! You’re a selfish, lying, cheating bitch; and I don’t want anything else to do with you!”
He went to the dresser to get some more of his things, and Monet flew out of the room. He heard her come back inside, but he didn’t turn around. Suddenly Shawn felt a searing pain in his back, and Monet was shouting at him!