Every love note started with a capital letter that, if the letters were placed all together, spelt out the words 'Will you marry me'.Timothy sent the first note after only a week of the couple dating.'Tim and I didn't live far away from each other but we sent letters because the idea of having our hearts poured out in the form of paper meant we had tangible memories to look back on,' Catherine told Daily Mail Australia.'I am very difficult to surprise so this totally caught me off guard!We read them out one by one reliving the memories of our dating years.After we read all of them he then carefully arranged the letters and asked me to look at them,' Candice said.Two years later, I was pushing 23 and still pushing for my 'boyfriend' to get a divorce. The car door slammed behind Melissa and I was left to my own nervous devices. " concern played across Melissa's graceful features. If his Jaguar is there, he's taken the shuttle to the Utah Jazz game. I could see his briefcase nestled on the buttery leather passenger seat. Maybe he had a quick business meeting with Jenna and her dad, then went to the Jazz game on his own. I scuttled back to Melissa and broke the news."Drive to the Delta Center," I commanded. "I leaned against the refrigerator and slumped slowly to the floor."I just can't take it anymore. You withhold information to keep me from getting upset, but discovering the truth is worse. Ryan had moved out of his family home and he and his wife were officially separated, but there was no divorce on the horizon. The adrenaline rocketing through my body caused my right leg to jitter up and down. I did a quick scan for feminine items: lip gloss, a purse, a jacket, something a wife would leave behind. My voice sounded harsh, like the manual pencil sharpeners from elementary school that chewed the ends of yellow number twos. I felt like a dirty home-wrecker even though Ryan continually assured me his marriage was long over before I came along. The flashing green screen indicated it was Ryan."Hello? It's Friday night and he was meeting his wife at a restaurant. Maybe I was just the most recent in a long string of women who had supplied Ryan with whatever it was he got out of these extramarital activities. But then I remembered something Ryan told me months ago, when he took his soon to a basketball game that was going to be televised."Tell me where you sit and I'll look for you on TV! The flashy vista that lay before me was an immediate contradiction to the black thundercloud cloud threatening my heart and mind. Instinctively, I jumped backwards until I realized he was clutching my arm protectively. ""After nearly three f*cking years everyone should damn well know!
So the night Ryan let his hand linger on my arm after walking me to my car left me reeling. Life continued in its usual doddering fashion until the night a group of co-workers from Ryan’s office invited me out for drinks at the bar next door. Pool was played, darts were thrown and unfortunately, Jagermeister was ingested. After several minutes that ticked by slower than the mini-eternities I spent in my algebra class, Ryan reached across the table, took my face in his delicately masculine hands, pulled me gently toward him, and said, "I think I'm falling in love with you."So I stayed. I heard you tell someone to tell Jenna you'd be right back.""I don't know what you're talking about! Upon arrival, I gave Melissa her marching orders: When you see Ryan, make sure he sees you and give him a dirty look.
Before you think anything about anything let me just say this: I know. I'd finally escaped the Mormon bubble and was puffed with pride over my bona fide college student status. I could babysit my beloved 2-year-old in the morning, attend college classes in the afternoon, then head to the office.
I know it's not the best thing in the world to be dating a guy twice your age. I answered an ad in the classifieds and nabbed employment as a nanny (rich folk term for babysitter) of a cherubic-faced 2-year-old. At the time, my boyfriend, Cody, was in the thick of pledging a fraternity.
Especially when he's married and you work for his wife. I found the whole Greek fraternity/sorority scene distasteful at best. " Despite the close proximity of the neighbors in my small apartment building, I was screaming so loud it felt like my throat was tearing."You're being ridiculous. It was only for a split second, but it was long enough to let me know the restaurant where he claimed to be was not where he really was."I'm at the Steak Pit."I whipped open the phone book and looked it up, finger scrolling maniacally down the list of addresses and numbers. I'll be there in ten minutes."I knew I wasn't going to show up anywhere; I was only interested in his response to my threat.
Ryan agreed to pay me under the table and I accepted.
A quick look in Jenna's direction confirmed she was chattering away obliviously with a group of women. The couple he was conversing with smiled politely my way and continued chatting to each other, allowing Ryan to catch up with a woman they assumed was an old acquaintance or coworker."Ryyyann..." I chirped in the strange falsetto that was bursting from my throat. I flushed, draped my arms across the toilet seat and dropped my feverish head across them. I dragged my fingernails down my cheek, inspiring puffy, red welts.