Get Your Act Together

“This is it,” Beth said, tears streaming from her cheeks. “I told you that the next time you came home inebriated that I would leave you. You promised me that you would quit drinking, but now I’m calling your bluff. I’m packing my bags, grabbing the kids, and going back to live with my parents.”

“I’m sorry, Beth,” Kevin said. “The guys were celebrating the 300 game David bowled at league night. Everyone was toasting David. You can’t blame me for joining in. It won’t happen again, I promise.”

“Your promises are worthless. Too little, too late. Kevin,” Beth said. “You need to make a major adjustment in your life and I don’t think you’re capable of adjusting.”

Shoot, Beth, won’t you give me one more chance?” Kevin pleaded. “If not for me, for the sake of the kids. Please.”

“Kevin, you are truly clueless,” Beth said. “I would have been amenable to making this work if you had agreed to counseling or to going to AA meetings, but you stubbornly refused, claiming you could resist alcohol’s temptation on your own, but clearly you can’t.”

“Beth, please,” Kevin cried.

“You need help, Kevin,” Beth said sternly. “You need to get your act together. Prove to me that you can do that and maybe we can reconcile down the road. Until then, I’m outta here.”


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (inebriated/late), Ragtag Daily Prompt (bluff/amenable), The Daily Spur (bowl/shoot), My Vivid Blog (blame/temptation), Word of the Day Challenge (adjustment/clueless)

19 thoughts on “Get Your Act Together

  1. Nope, Not Pam September 27, 2021 / 1:20 pm

    Wow, talk about laying down the law 😁

    Liked by 1 person

  2. D. Wallace Peach September 27, 2021 / 4:09 pm

    A conversation repeated over and over again across the world. Beth has the guts to follow through and maybe that’s just what he needs to break the cycle. Great story.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 27, 2021 / 5:57 pm

      Thanks. Maybe it’s just what he needs to get his act together!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Marleen September 27, 2021 / 10:31 pm

    When my first child was more or less a year old, my husband came home at five or so in the morning… once. I just looked at him. It never happened again.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. leigha66 October 8, 2021 / 12:45 pm

    Beth took a move that takes a lot of courage to follow through on. Very real story Fandango!

    Liked by 1 person

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