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Pink Butterfly

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Pink Butterfly Geoff Lynch
“No, that’s ok. I should’ve called first. Do you know what bar
they went to?” Jeff asked, acting as stupid as he could considering the
circumstances.
“They always go to Max’s, it’s sort of their hangout,” she
replied with a smile.
“Max’s?” Jeff asked. “Do you know how to get there?”
“Sure, it’s easy to find. When you drive out of the parking lot,
take a right. Drive down to Fifth Street and take a left at the light. The
bar is on the right side of the block.”
“Thanks,” Jeff said and smiled as he closed her door. He
slowly walked back down the hallway toward the entrance of the
building. He stepped outside into the warm sunlight and pulled out his
cell phone and rang his wife. In a few seconds his wife Laurie greeted
him enthusiastically. “Hi honey, what’s up?” she asked.
Jeff replied, “Hey, I was thinking about taking the rest of the
night off and coming over to take you out for your birthday. I know we
had plans for the weekend, but I wanted to surprise you.”
There was a long pause on the phone and then Laurie
responded, “I have to work late tonight honey. I have two case reports
to finish and turn in before 8:00 am tomorrow.”
“So you’re still at your office?” Jeff asked, looking back at the
building he stepped out of.
“Where else would I be?” Laurie replied with a nervous
chuckle.
Jeff decided to play dumb and go along with his wife’s story. “I
never get over there you know, I’m not that familiar with your work
schedule.”
“Yeah, I’ve been here working my ass off since lunch. Another
one of those families that needs services you know. I know how boring
this stuff is to you.”
“So when will you be home?” Jeff asked.
“It will be late, past midnight I’m sure. Don’t wait up for me.”
“Do you get paid extra for the hours you put in after work?”
“I’m salary, I thought you knew that. I don’t get paid for extra
time. It sucks, but that’s how it is.”
“Ok,” Jeff said disappointed. “I’ll be home at my regular time
then. I might actually make it to bed before you do this time.”
Laurie said her goodbyes and the conversation ended. Jeff
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