Fool for Love
July 5-7, 605
As Sayuri helped her daughter with her long division, her mind was somewhere else.
Laney McElveen had brought Ethan in to the medical clinic for his 24-month well baby check a few weeks early, and she had told Sayuri something that had her feeling sick to her stomach.
Long story short,Laney felt it was her duty to inform Sayuri that her husband had been chasing Laney’s sister, Naomi, for months. Laney said Naomi was not interested in carrying on with a married man, especially one who obviously still loved his wife. She said Naomi was getting annoyed with Daniel acting one way when Sayuri was there, and another when she wasn’t.
Sayuri knew that her husband noticed women; she knew that he was not above flirting with them. They didn’t have an open relationship, but Sayuri also knew Daniel well, and honestly, it didn’t bother her to know he paid attention to other women. As far as she knew, he’d never had an affair, and more importantly, it was obvious by his actions day in and day out, that his family was important to him. It was just part of who he was. When he was with you, you were the most important person in the world, but he always came home. It was the bad with the good.
What did bother Sayuri was that Daniel was apparently pursuing Laney’s sister, making a fool of himself, and of Sayuri.
Knowing Daniel, he probably didn’t even have a plan of what he would do if he “caught” her, but Naomi obviously didn’t know that, and thought he wanted to have an affair.
Sayuri sent Yuki to bed and turned to talk to Daniel, who had been working on his latest game marketing project. As Sayuri came towards him, Daniel went to shower, so Sayuri went to change out of her work clothes too.
They sat down and Daniel looked at her over his glasses. No need to waste words, she thought.
“Daniel, I know about you chasing Laney’s sister.”
Daniel looked at her with a private kind of smile, sort of an appeal to her knowledge of him, that no one was a big deal to him but her. But before he could speak, she stopped him.
“No! I don’t want platitudes. I don’t want to hear she doesn’t mean anything to you.”
“Daniel, you are making a fool of us. I’m angry. I don’t know what I want to happen now.”
He bowed his head.
“Maybe you should sleep on it,” Sayuri said as she got up to go to bed. “Here. I need the bed to myself tonight.”
Suddenly Sayuri didn’t feel so calm. Maybe he didn’t want her anymore; maybe he really was in love with this Naomi. She wanted to run to him, beg him to say this woman meant nothing to him.
In the morning, before Daniel left, he tried to give Sayuri a kiss, but she turned away.
As she was leaving for school, Yuki stopped and looked at her mom.
“Do your best at school,” Sayuri reminded.
Thoughts she couldn’t say were racing through Yuki’s mind.
Why did dad sleep on the couch?
Why was mom angry with dad?
“Ok,” she said, as she turned to walk to school.
The family had booked a cabin at Three Lakes, and were leaving in a couple of days. In the meantime, Sayuri let her patients absorb her attention.
But when she came through the gate that evening, a new dread filled her heart. No matter how stressful the day was, coming home had always been a relief. Tonight she felt heavy hearted.
She wasn’t sure if she was in denial, or if she’d jumped to conclusions. She felt a fool and questioned her own sanity.
The only solution she could think of, was to suspend judgement, at least for now.
Sayuri resolved to give Daniel a chance on this vacation.
Across town, Daniel stared into his beer. He couldn’t get Naomi Redbird out of his mind. Those luscious lips, those eyes, the legs that wouldn’t stop… the promise of some kind of mind-blowing hot sex just emanated from her being.
He wanted her. He had tried. But Naomi wouldn’t have anything to do with him.
Daniel didn’t want to lose his family; he knew he had been in some kind of a daydream, thinking he could have both.
He couldn’t get her out of his mind.
But he knew he had to try.
It was long after Yuki’s bedtime when he arrived home. Sayuri was in the hot tub, and he knew she was waiting for him, because otherwise, she’d have been in bed with the door closed. She’d have clothes on.
He wished she were Naomi.
The next morning, Sayuri was hopeful. Today, they were leaving for a cabin at Three Lakes, and vacations had always been their lifeline.
Daniel was making Yuki laugh with stories of bears in the woods.
Daniel didn’t really want to leave town; he wanted to go to the Lotus or the harbor disco and see if she showed up. But looking at his daughter, he knew he needed to wrap his head around this vacation.
To Be Continued