Austin lets go of Eva’s hand as he sees his wife and thinks to himself what is she doing here? The elevator door is about to close before Elizabeth comes to her senses and stretches out her hand to prevent it from closing. She walks into the elevator and the tension is so thick that it could be cut with a knife. Elizabeth walks to the control panel on the wall of the elevator and presses the emergency button which causes the elevator to stop. Eva moves into the far corner and stays behind Austin as she is afraid of what Elizabeth might do to her.
“Who is she and what are you doing here with her?” Elizabeth asks Austin as her temper starts to rise.
“Lizzy, I promise you it is not what it looks like” he replies.
“Explain to me” she says as she is trying so hard not to let the tears drop from her eyes.
From the corner of the elevator where Eva is hiding behind Austin she speaks out “what are you also doing here?”
“Eva, stay out of this!” Austin says as he snaps at Eva. The words Eva said sinks slowly into Austin’s head like the Titanic did into the North Atlantic Ocean.
“Answer the question, Lizzy” Austin says feeling a little bit of triumph as he realizes he just might have the upper hand.
“Is this what it has come to? Your whore can question and disrespect me?” Lizzy asks as the tears drop from her eyes.
“Answer the question Lizzy and stop with the crocodile tears. Who is he?” he asks.
Elizabeth moves closer to Austin and slaps him hard in the face.
“Unlike you Austin, I respect our marriage. Lisa and I had too much to drink and we were in no condition to drive. We booked a room and spent the night here” Elizabeth says as she tries to wipe the tears away from her eyes.
Austin’s head drops in shame and he tries to hug his wife who pushes him away.
” You disgust me Austin. Your family obviously does not mean anything to you. You will rather spend the night with you whore”
” Do not call me a whore.You apparently cannot take care of your husband. Why else would he have spent the night with me?” Eva asks as she is still standing in the corner of the elevator.
On hearing this, more tears roll out from Elizabeth’s eyes as she cannot believe the humiliation her husband is putting her through. Austin turns to rebuke Eva but as he turns his face back Elizabeth slaps him again.
“We are done Austin. You cheated on me once and I forgave you. Not this time Austin, not this time”
“You cannot mean that Lizzy, I am sure you don’t” Austin says to his wife as his fears are fully showing on his face.
“You will be hearing from my lawyers” Elizabeth says to Austin as she walks back to release the emergency button and the elevator starts to move again.
The elevator bell dings as it gets to the ground floor and Austin gets off the elevator the first, Eva also gets off the elevator as she tries to avoid Elizabeth. Austin walks towards the reception desk to check out and Elizabeth notices Eva making her way towards the main entrance of the hotel and goes after her but the security man at the entrance stops Elizabeth before she can get out of the hotel. The security man tells her the receptionist is trying to get her attention. Elizabeth turns towards the reception, points at herself and the receptionist nods her head leaving her wondering why the receptionist will want to see her. She walks towards the reception area as Austin looks her apologetically. She ignores him as she gets to the reception.
“Madam, sorry to disturb you but your husband dropped this yesterday night” the receptionist says as she brings out a phone and gives it to Elizabeth.
“Your husband?” Austin asks Elizabeth who is dumbfounded and looks at the ground.
” Yes, her husband. You should have seen them. They had their hands allover each other. They are obviously so in love.” the receptionist continues.
“What is she talking about?” Austin asks Elizabeth
” I think you are mistaken Sir, her name is Katherine” the receptionist adds.
“Katherine?” Austin asks, directing the question to no one and he starts to chuckle.
” All this you were making me feel like guilty, making me feel worthless and giving me a hard time. You cheated on me too?”Austin asks his wife who is sobbing.
“I am sorry Austin” she says as she clenches her teeth.
“Who is he?” Austin asks as his voice goes up about 5 decibels. This attracts a few glances from hotel guests sitting in the lobby.
“Can we not do this here” Elizabeth says to him.
“Fine” Austin replies as he walks away from the reception area with his wife walking closely to him and leaving the receptionist with her mouth wide open.
……………………To Be Continued………………………