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Chapter 5 of for better or worse, this is the truth.


We were dancing and eating cake and drinking wine or cola or whatever was served. Jeff was dancing with his new mother in law and Glorya was dancing with her father. I watched for a while the got a bit depressed with it all. I walked through a little garden type thing and sat on a stone bench near a pond. Ducks were all over the place, quacking and waddling. I watched them waddle and swim in the pond close by. I felt someone close by and looked behind me. “Hey Dick.” Frank was dressed in a black tux, his tie lose and his white shirt un-tucked. I turned my head and watched the ducks once more. “What do you want Frank?” I asked coolly. Frank just sort of stood there. Watching his feet in the grass, from what I could see. “I.. Jeff invited me.” I nodded. Jeff’s a good guy. “I know. He asked if he could. I said it was alright.” You did?” He seemed stunned almost. “He probably wouldn’t of invited you if I hadn’t.” I replied still coolly. Frank slowly walked closer to me and, slowly still, he sank down and sat on the stone bench next to me. “Thank you. For saying it was alright for me to be here.” He sounded grateful and a little touch of fear or angst covered his voice. I shrugged. The ducks quacked and waddled on their way. Leaving nothing but terds and feathers behind them. “Dick I’m sorry. I’ve been nothing but an asshole to you. There’s no excuse for why I acted the way I have been, I know. But I would like it if you could somehow forgive me. And,” He got down on one knee in front of me. His knee was in a pile of duck shit and feathers. But he didn’t seem to knowtis. He just held out a little velvet box with two silver bands. I locked eyes with his. “Say you’ll marry me. Even though I was an asshole to you all these months. When I left you that message saying I would never call again and that we were don, I didn’t mean it. After I said it I ~pause~ I’d give anything to take it back Dick. You have to believe me.” And then Frank did something he has never done in front of me. Ever. He leaned his head on my kneecap and cried. “I’m so sorry Dick. I’m sorry, pleas. Pleas forgive me. I’m sorry.” He sobbed. It shocked me at first but then I realized he was seriously bawling. I pulled him up and sat him down on the bench. I rapped my arms around him and held him close to me. He pulled me closer too and continued to sob his apologies in my neck. I kissed his ear and told him once; “I forgive you Frank.”











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T.A.O


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