Scene 1 – DREAM – Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 2017
“I was surprised to receive your letter.” The phone is hot and wet in my hand. “ I didn’t know what to do.”
“Why?” Her pause speaks to me. “You know that I care.”
“Do I? How would I know? It’s been so long. I was afraid to open your letter.”
Scene 1 – ALPHA – Willamette National Forrest, McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, October 1984
“Watch your line Davy,” I say. “You’re almost in the rapids. Try to work your line over by the edge of the stream. The biggest salmon hide in the pools.”
“Okay Dad,” Davy chirps.
Dad. Seems like I can’t get enough time with Davy since Sally left me.
“I want sole custody, Bobby,” she screamed. My courage to disagree evaporated. The judge agreed with Sally.
Scene 1 – CLEAN UP – Northern Lights Apartments, St. Germain, Wisconsin, October 1954
“Sally loves you, Bobby,” she’s confused.” Larry’s words are sweet honey on a rainy Monday evening. “Your wife moved out. That doesn’t mean the end of your marriage unless you decide the relationship is over.”
Scene One – COCA-COLA – Saint Germain, Wisconsin September 1951
“Hey Bobby, let’s go to the picture show,” Sally says. She looks out the window at the rusted, dented garbage cans across the alley. “There’s a new Clark Gable movie showing at the Bijou in Hazelhurst.”
“I don’t want to go. I’m tired. I worked all week,” Bobby sighs.
Scene One – THE OTHER MAN – Old Town, Chicago, Illinois, April 1981
I grab the phone from the wall on the first ring. “Hey Robert, it’s Linda. Can we talk?”
“Sure, what’s up?”
Her tone softens. “I hope you won’t be shocked. We’re friends – right?”
She pauses. “I’m having an affair. His name is Ben. We met at work. I never believed this would happen. How could I cheat on Dan? Then again, you might have sensed that things weren’t perfect between us.”
About the Author
Richard Wilberg is a creativity coach, musician, writer, photographer, and former business leader who lives in Madison, Wisconsin.