"My life is a sham." Angela sat at the kitchen table staring at Todd after hearing those five words he had just spoken, but she couldn't accept the reality of them. To do so would mean her world with Todd, for the past five years, had not existed.
Todd knew there was no turning back now. Those five words had already changed the course of their relationship and would probably end their marriage.
Angela aimlessly stirred the hot chocolate she had made moments before. She continued looking at the man sitting across from her. Her first impulse was to extend one of her arms and hit Todd across the face with as powerful a punch as possible. He deserved no less.
"Did you hear what I said, Angela?" Todd asked wanting to start a dialogue.
Angela began to laugh hysterically. "Did I hear what you had to say? You want to know if I heard what you just said? Oh, yes, Todd, I heard what you had to say very clearly," Angela said with an outburst of emotion Todd had never seen before. "Now I'd like to hear what you're going to follow that up with, Todd!" she further ranted.
Hesitantly, Todd began to speak. "I don't know just what to say, Angela. That pretty much says it all."
"You don't just say 'my life is a sham' and then leave it at that. I want to know just what you mean by that comment."
Angela had gotten up from the kitchen table and began to pace. She wanted answers and she wanted them now.
"I'm waiting, Todd!"
Just then the land phone rang. Todd got up to answer it, but Angela stood in his path. She had more pressing worries than to be concerned about who was on the other end of the phone.
Todd returned to where he was sitting while Angela remained standing.
"Okay, that's a wrap for today. Good job, guys. Shelly, your anger is really beginning to come through. I like what you're doing with it." The voice came from the Director who sat in the fourth row back in the middle section of the theater. "We'll emphasize your part more tomorrow, David. We have a lot to do in the next two weeks before production."
The Director said good night to the two actors. He scribbled notes on the cover of the play. He was pleased with the rehearsals of "My life is a Sham." It would be a success!
I am a 66-year young Christian writer whose desire is to make a positive difference in people's lives through my writing. My purpose is to show people the love of Jesus Christ. I have four wonderful children (two natural/two step) and seven beautiful grandchildren.
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