His big black car purred to a halt at the bus stop and slid neatly into the space between two smaller cars.
In the front passenger seat, with dread in her heart, she turned to face him.
“So this is it.”, she begun, trying to sound brave.
“Yes”, he replied, tone light and seemingly devoid of emotion. Dark shades covered his eyes, and suddenly like a cobra in her heart flashing its hood, she had a strong dark urge to snatch and fling them off his face.
“So well then, goodbye…” she tried not to choke on the words, to be strong. This was the right thing to do. She needed to end things and move on. The thoughts raced through her head in quick succession. Thoughts of resolve, uncertainty, regret, a deep longing.
Laced through her thoughts of resolve, a tiny voice whispering, “Stop me, please stop me. Call me back,” but she said nothing, and in the driver’s seat, he watched her in silence.
She opened the car door and swung out first one leg, then the other, noticing as she did so, how lovely her red shoes looked on her feet. Blood-red and glossy, heels five inches. That she had to break up with him in these shoes, of all shoes…
She gathered her purse and shawl out and turned her back on him, her clenched hands clutching the purse like a lifeline, her elegant figure slight and shaky in the morning gloom.
“Sally,” his tone was urgent.
She turned to face him.
“I will always love you, you know…”
That was the light straw. She took a deep breath, released her right grip on her purse, swung her arm back, wham! With all her might, a slap on his cheek.
“No you won’t, you cheat, and thanks for the reminder.”
He sat there, too stunned to speak, shocked to see her stand up to him for the first time, the slap stinging on his left cheek.
She smiled at him. “It’s over, really over this time. Don’t bother calling again.”
She couldn’t believe what was happening. It was as if his last lie had finally opened her eyes and freed her. She deserved better, and she knew it. This was not true love, and she had had enough of settling.
She wanted more, and now she was free to get it.
As she cat-walked away with a new confidence, the sun came out, chasing the gloom of the morning away.
And catching the rays of the sunlight, the red shoes sparkled and glistened.