73: ‘Stay’ by Sugarland

A couple lays in bed. All seems well, but small signs show that they are not. The man seems content, but the woman keeps looking from looking lovingly at her lover, absent-mindedly looking at the wall and pain filled glancing at the clock.

The problem is not the situation as it is. The problem is the fact it will end as soon as his wife calls. The woman is silently praying she won’t.

She knows that when that happens she’ll be begging him not to leave. And she’ll be left alone and crying. This has happened so many times now. She feels like she is dying.

She doesn’t want to do that again. So she wonders what she can do to make him realise that she can give him everything his wife can – and more.

So this time she begins the begging before the call: “Why don’t you stay? I’m down on my knees. I’m so tired of being lonely. Don’t I give you what you need? When she calls you to go. There is one thing you should know. We don’t have to live this way. Baby, why don’t you stay?”

He tries to go into the usual spiel about planning to leave his wife. But she is starting to doubt him and feels used. She is tired of living like this when they don’t have to.

He is deaf to her pleas. And she has had enough. She realises that if this is hurting her so much, she doesn’t have to live this way. So she lets him know that he shouldn’t come by anymore.

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