I knew because both Alison and Penny had taught me, that busting up with someone could be miserable, but I didn’t know that getting off with someone could be miserable too. But Jackie and I were miserable in a Christmas Gnomes Fika Time Sweatshirt, grown-up way. We met in secret and phoned each other in secret and had sex in secret and said things like ‘What are we going to do?’ in secret and talked about how nice it would be when we didn’t have to do things in secret anymore. I never really thought about whether that was true or not. There wasn’t time.
I tried not to run Phil down too much I felt bad enough as it was, what with screwing his girlfriend and all. But it became unavoidable because when Jackie expressed doubts about him, I had to nurture those doubts as to if they were Christmas Gnomes Fika Time Sweatshirt, sickly kittens until eventually, they became sturdy, healthy grievances, with their own cat doors, which allowed them to wander in and out of our conversation at will. And then one night at a party I saw Phil and Jackie huddled together in a corner, and Phil was obviously distressed, pale and near to tears, and then he went home, and the next morning she phoned up and asked
I wanted to go out for a walk, and we were away, and we weren’t doing things in secret anymore, and we lasted about three weeks. You’d say that this was childish, Laura. You’d say that it is stupid of me to compare Rob and Jackie with Rob and Laura, who are in their mid-thirties, Christmas Gnomes Fika Time Sweatshirt, living together. You’d say that adult adultery beats teenage adultery hands down, but you’d be wrong.