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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 44
Henry had been out touring London when he received the first odd text message from his wife.
Tina: Hey. Are you busy?
Henry: Yes and no. Just walking around Piccadilly Circus. Hanging out. Why?
Tina: I need to apologize to you. It’s easier to do it this way. By text. I hope that’s okay.
Henry: Apologize? For what?
Tina: Being a bitch.
Henry smiled as he watched his screen.
Henry: I don’t know how to respond to that without coming off as a chauvinist.
Tina: You don’t have to know how to respond. Just listen….
Tina: You have been very patient with me. I’m sorry for the way I’ve acted. I know I told you that I wasn’t happy. I was acting like a child. Marriage takes two people. I know I’m not perfect. But I’m tired of fighting. I’m tired of us both being miserable.
Tina: I need us to move out of this stasis. Either we move forward and re-engage as a married couple or we get divorced. Plain and simple. I’d rather we move forward. I’m open to counseling if you are.
Tina: If you don’t want to move forward, if you want to get divorced…that’s your choice. Don’t feel bad about it. I wouldn’t if I were you. I haven’t been a good partner or wife. I pretty much checked out from the first week we were married.
Henry: It’s a lot to think about, Chris.
Tina: I know. No rush. Take your time. I just wanted to apologize and let you know where I stand.
Henry: I am kinda speechless here.
Tina: How about this. How is your day?
Henry smiled at the screen again.
Henry: Great. I spent the morning with Peggy, her local financial analyst and accountant, and her daughter, Helena. She’s the executor of her mother’s affairs here in London.
Tina: How did it go?
Henry: You know, it was really good. They were impressed with the year-on-year growth of their US and Chinese account portfolios. Her daughter seemed like a total airhead, but she’s definitely sharper than I gave her credit for.