My guest for this installment of a “Turning Point Scene” is Bonnie Trachtenberg, the multi-award-winning, bestselling author of Wedlocked: A Novel, Neurotically Yours: A Novel, and The Fine Art of Delusional Thinking. Bonnie writes a monthly relationship and advice column for Love a Happy Ending Lifestyle Magazine. Bonnie was senior writer and copy chief at Book-of-the-Month Club and has written seven children’s book adaptations. She has also written for three newspapers and penned countless magazine articles. She lives in New York with her husband, four cats, and a dog.
WEDLOCKED – Turning Point Scene
When I was sure they both had disconnected, I hung up quietly. Then I let out the breath I realized I had been holding in. My hands were shaking with rage. I tried to decide what to do but then determined to just let him have it with both barrels. I opened the bathroom door and slowly sidled up to where Craig was reclining in the easy chair.
“What are you doing?” I asked him accusingly.
“No!” I shouted. “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” This got his attention, and he looked up at me. “You’re going into business with Lou?!”
“What are you eavesdropping on me?”
“Don’t try to turn this around. What do you think you’re getting us into? Don’t you think I know what a crook he is?”
“Which one of his shady ventures did you buy us into?” I said as I paced the floor in a fury.
“It’s on the up and up.”
“Yeah, sure it is. What are we drug runners now? Or will all our new furniture have fallen off a truck?”
“It’s nothing like that.”
“And how could you invest our wedding money without even discussing it with me? That’s our money, Craig. Our money. And the last place in the world that I want it is anywhere near Lou!”
I was now standing over him with menace in my eyes.
“Rebecca, I didn’t have a choice.”
“What are you talking about? Didn’t have a choice …”
“The business isn’t doing … as well as it should. My father’s getting out. I need to diversify.”
“There are a million other jobs or business ventures you could explore. How could you pick Lou?”
“He made me an equal partner in his company.”
“He doesn’t run a company. He runs a racket.”
“Look, I did it cause I need a lot of money, and I need it fast.”
“Oh, and why is that?” I asked anxiously, afraid to know the answer.
“Cause the IRS is on my ass—big time.”
“Oh, jeez, Craig. Is there anything else you’ve managed to screw up that I should know about?”
“Rebecca … it’ll be fine. I promise you.”
Then I stood up straight and walked to the sliding doors for a breath of air. I looked out on the beauty of Capri. Then I waited about twenty seconds, took a deep breath, and turned back to face him.
“I know the fact that we’re on our honeymoon makes it a very inopportune time to announce this, Craig, but … I want a divorce.”
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