narrated by: Lauren
We’ve been living in this crappy rental in Eastborough since we got married three years ago. We’ve mostly survived on white bread with various cheap spreads, and my Dad’s generosity, though he doesn’t tell Mom.
We have no money, and what money we do earn, we have to spend on gas as we don’t work on campus. I’ve felt stuck since I got my gig at the night club in South Port, but rent is astronomical, and moving back home is out of the question.
I work nights while Isaac is in construction and naturally works long hours that start early, so I entertain myself with college guys in the afternoon. I wouldn’t even call it a perk anymore though.
I’m mostly grossed out that some dude’s naked ass has been on my bedsheet. I always make the bed afterward, though I don’t know if Isaac knows or would even care.
For the millionth time, I told Isaac that I was sick of our crappy rental, and wanted to live in the city. I expected more of the usual, someday or me too. My happiness is at stake, I don’t exactly feel ready for motherhood, but I did want to beat my siblings to the punch. It would be a death sentence to Eastborough for life if we did though; we’d never afford the move.
Isaac complained that he’s sick of working construction. With a college degree, he figures that we could both be making more money. I didn’t tell him that I had zero desire to leave the nightclub biz, but I get hating construction. It is a total drag, and way too much manual labor.
And that was why he’d gone to his parents for the money, he may have promised his Mom that we would have a baby once we were settled. She has baby on the brain like a crack addict toward their next fix. She’s probably the main reason why I’m not pumped to start trying, I hate doing what adults want.
Even with their help, we were only able to afford a one bedroom place on the west side of town, nearly centrally-located though. Makes hopping to the club a cinch, and road construction is all over the dang city for Isaac.
Immediately the microwave was on the fritz, and Isaac thought he could fix it. I spent the majority of the time spazzing that he’d electrocute himself. My Dad is brilliant at fixing things, and works at the paper in town, we would be on his way home and he could fix it without killing himself.
Unfortunately, Isaac did fix it and now he has a super ego over any repairs.
Somedays I don’t see Isaac at all despite living in town. He might work extra late, and I need to help set up the club. He stops in to surprise me now and again, usually all rugged and smelling of tar.
But now that we live locally, he will stop by on the weekends and actually cut back a bit more. A few beers in his system, and he becomes quite amorous.
Good thing my boss likes him, or this gig might be jeopardized.
When I have the opportunity to DJ though he usually cuts out, he likes to monopolize me at the bar, but not dance solo.
When he isn’t around, the guys like to make their move. Some get downright bold, and if I were interested in sleeping around, this would be the place to find hookups. But the lure has waned, and I haven’t accepted any offers recently.
I don’t know how my big sis, Meg could ever go out and not land a guy though. It’s almost too easy, and I think that is why I’m drained of it all. She’s dating some guy named Jaron now, and doesn’t visit the club often anymore. I have to really drag her out of her square little life.
Usually I can con her into coming to my place. I actually have a bigger apartment than her, I bet it eats her up!
Isaac doesn’t mind Jaron in the least, which is super annoying. He doesn’t have any of my competitive edge, I blame his lack of sports as a teen.
Mostly we hang out at his big brother, Isaiah’s pad. He’s marrying the psycho Maeve, and soon she will be my sister-in-law.
She’s a total bridezilla, and the only reason she asked me to be a bridesmaid is because she is friendless. Besides Brooklyn anyway. I’m sure Isaac pressured his brother too, he would hate his family to snub me.
I think it is a safe bet that we won’t be going camping with them, ever.
The wedding was utterly boring, outdoors and it didn’t even rain. It was out in Millwood, Mary Gavigan was quite pushy about the entire affair. It made me extra glad that we had eloped. If Oliver hadn’t dumped my sister, Meg, then she could have been standing up with me for the wedding, instead I got high school teacher Brooklyn.
The best part of a formal wedding, even one in a park, is the party afterward. I’m a bartender, I could have hooked them up, but they weren’t interested in fun.
Isaiah thanked everyone afterward for coming, and then they headed home in the back of Oliver’s car. Not even planning a honeymoon.
At the end of the month, Isaac was finally able to quit construction. It wasn’t a great degree-career that he fell into though. Now he is a stock clerk at the local grocery store.
I’m not sure what to think of the uniform. It’s pretty beige overall, and the job itself is rather humiliating. I wish he’d do something hip like a rival nightclub or private investigator to catch all the cheating wives in town.
But Isaac was so nervous over the entire thing, despite it being a rather teen job, that I did my best to be encouraging. I just hope he never shows up at my work in this get-up.
In construction, he got hit on regularly but usually it was just a whistle as they drove past. Now he’s dealing with customers and finding that he’s still got it going on.
He swears that he always rejects them, which I believe because I’ve spied on him a time or three.
If I’m behaving myself now, I really want him to stay in line too.
For now he actually really likes working at the grocery store. I don’t get it, but it pays okay. I make much more than him, but we can’t all be all-stars.
Sometimes he makes me dinner before work now, and I think he’s just totally hot, and I get this feeling that we are going to make it. To this day, I’m still the only girl that he’s never cheated on, and that has to mean something.
We are still in a one bedroom apartment, but I can’t help but think his eyes on a face like mine would be the cutest baby ever.
Maybe when we are more settled, and the club isn’t my favorite place in the world.
Notes: Lauren is allowed birth control, and she is using that. Isaac wants a baby and Lauren isn’t exactly opposed. I might have taken her off this round to see what would happen, but I forgot and moved them into another one bedroom place. So she’s waiting a bit, though I could see her happily shove a baby next to the dining room table if it came to it.
She started the round wanting to sleep with others, and then by the end of the round, she was rejecting all the offers. Isaac really hasn’t cheated on Lauren, he has cheated on others with Lauren, multiple times. And since marriage, he has been 100% faithful, while Lauren has not in the least. They seem to work well together though, which has surprised me.
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