In Margie’s heart, all is well because Jonathan explained away the words she heard from Rhonda on the dreaded phone message while she listened. That message did not even register on Jonathan’s scale of concern. Margie took care of that for him. Besides in Johnathan’s narcissistic condition, it was Margie that created the problem in the first place. Margie’s little book of excuses covered it all, binding it together with her love for Jonathan. Margie’s heart was now, more than ever, convinced that an exclusive relationship between them was in progress.
Many miles separated these two people, so a look outside the window would not divulge anything about the other. A week also seemed to be a distance between visits that Margie, single handedly, took upon herself to drive for their togetherness. Jonathan had an old dog that was an ample excuse to use so Margie did the driving and not Jonathan. Margie thought about the old dog being confined to the cold garage, if Jonathan were to be the traveler. The decision was an easy one, for the tender heart that lies in Margie. Selfishness let Jonathan allow Margie to make that 2 hour trek every 7 days.
As Margie grew to deeply love Jonathan’s quiet demeanor, she never detected the reason for the almost maudlin characteristics that were present. Lack of communication from Jonathan, signaled his past hurts to Margie. She often reflected that he was leary of allowing anyone to enter into a deeper part of his world after what he might have experienced with living with Rhonda for 8 years. Margie again, had opened her book to take something from it for Jonathan. Margie’s butterflies seemed to not be a warning of the jolts that emanated from the weekly redez-vous. The label on those feelings was not correctly placed. Margie brought her happiness each visit and awaited the reciprocal action when ever they would be coming from Jonathan. This would not be the day for that to occur.
Oddly enough, Jonathan did not turn off the answering machine after the Rhonda phone message disrupted Margie’s happiness last week. Well, why should he do anything different? It was Margie’s difficulty with that event. Is sure was not his problem. Margie took him back right after he stated that he and Rhonda were in the past. Oh, you know Margie was not going to let Jonathan be injured didn’t you? There actually was not a real taking back since Jonathan was never out of Margie’s heart.
Again, the couple were conversing, on the couch, by the fireplace with Elvis music in the background, when the phone rang. The machine kicked in again before Jonathan could reach the phone. This time allowed yet another female voice to lead Margie into a place she had not been before and did not know much about either. By the time Jonathan turned down the answering machine, Linda’s words had turned into a pleading with Jonathan to call her. Margie heard the need for Linda to know where she stood. Linda knew a lot about Jonathan in her message to him. This deeply concerned Margie since she was living an exclusive relationship after 2 bouts of assaults that were already overcome. This was new and uncharted territory for Margie to take on and solve. Jonathan knew this was again Margie’s problem, so remained silent.
This visit was a little different since a dental appointment took Margie away early in the morning the next day. Margie decided to let Jonathan bring up the explanation after she returned from oral surgery she had her mind on the following day. Some things are better left over night. Margie thought this would be one for her in that category. Jonathan would comfort her, when she returned, explaining everything away. Margie’s heart would be put in proper order by his truth. Nothing more was said by either than night about the phone events that took place. Margie let things be still while she still spoke to Jonathan. He might have wondered when the other shoe would drop even though his face showed no concern. The phone call was not his fault.
Please continue to read the Part FOUR to this story. This is a series of writes.