“Thanks for meeting me,” Natalie said to Leela when she sat down at the table in the coffee shop.
“Well,” Leela said,” you said you had big news for me. What is it?”
Natalie leaned closer across the table toward Leela and said, “Hal and I split up.”
“Oh my God, Natalie,” Leela said. “When did this happen?”
“Hal moved out on Saturday,” Natalie said. “It all started a few months ago when a guy moved into the apartment on the floor below ours.”
“Go on,” Leela said.
“It turns out that the guy is a registered sex offender,” Natalie said.
“Are you fucking kidding me?”
“No, I’m serious,” Natalie said. “Anyway, the first time I saw him was at the building’s laundry room. He said hello to me and I thought he was kinda cute, so we struck up a conversation. He told me right away that he was a registered sex offender. He said it’s part of the public record and he didn’t want me to hear it from anyone else.”
“Is this going where I think it’s going?” Leela asked.
Natalie blushed a little and continued. “Of course I told Hal about the guy, but he was not at all happy about having a sex offender in our building. But I told Hal that the guy behaved like a perfect gentleman and that everyone deserves a second chance.”
“Natalie,” Leela said, “cut to the chase.”
“So I saw him a few more times in the laundry room,” Natalie explained. “And then he asked me if I wanted to have lunch with him, and I said yes. One thing led to another and suddenly we were in our apartment having sex like I’d never had before. And that was when Hal came home from work unexpectedly and caught us.”
“What happened?” Leela asked.
“Hal said ‘It’s him or me, Natalie,’ and I said, ‘It’s him.’”
“You are shitting me, right?” Leela said. “You chose a registered sex offender that you barely knew over your husband?”
Natalie leaned in close to Leela again and said, “Leela, sex with him was out of this world. Besides, he’s registered. Believe me, girl, unlike Hal, the man he knows what he’s doing.”
Written for this week’s Let It Bleed prompt from Saumya Agrawal over at Randomness Inked. The prompt is “second chance.”