Margaret had given up. She'd considered all sorts of fancy options but she just couldn't concentrate. Now she was home she was racked with guilt and didn't know what to do with herself. She sat at the kitchen table feeling miserable. She knew that it was going to be bangers and mash, because she knew that was Keith's favourite, but she had wanted to do something that required a bit more effort, something that would show she cared.
She would give him an especially big portion; maybe that would help make up for it. She knew that in the past, when she had been angry with Keith over something or other she'd give him a small portion and make sure that Ben's was bigger. Then, in her own petty way, she enjoyed sitting there over dinner as they ate as a family and Keith's eyes kept darting between his and Ben's plate enviously. Ben never seemed to notice; he just gobbled down whatever was put in front of him. She wondered if he ever tasted anything.
"Oh Margaret, you silly, silly girl!" she said to herself and, unable to take it any more, she took out her phone again and auto-dialled.
"Keith, darling, I need you, please come home" she said "I know, you said that... it's important... no it's not about the bloody children... no, it's about us... I don't care about the bloody committee meeting... " she fidgeted irritatedly in her chair "Fine!" she shouted "Well don't bother coming home at all then!" She threw the phone across the kitchen and it bounced off the new cupboards and skidded across the floor. She dropped her head to the table and wept.
Victoria was woken by her phone trilling at her. It took her a little while to wake properly, realise where she was, and find her phone, but she sat up, took a deep breath and still feeling dreadful, she answered it "Hello" she said "Oh, but... well I have been... " began Victoria.
"Help! Help!" shouted Frank, as loudly as he could.
"Hold on" said Victoria "Let me just turn the TV down." Victoria put a hand over her phone and headed quickly over to Frank. She stood behind him and clamped a hand over his mouth "Go on" she said into the phone, while Frank tried to shout through her hand "Another time then..." she said "Of course I'm disappointed... yes... Bye." Victoria hung up and took her hand from Frank's mouth.
"You're a silly boy, Frank" she said and smacked him sharply across the bottom.
"Let me go, now!" yelled Frank.
"No, Frank, I'm not letting you go yet, we've still got plans for you and after that little escapade I think you're going to be getting even worse" Victoria's hand drifted slowly around Frank's side and slid down to his willy, she flopped it up and down "Tell me Frank, do you like sucking dick?"
"Fuck off!" shouted Frank.
"Okay" she stroked his bottom instead "Perhaps you prefer having boys shove their dicks up your arse?"
"No way! No fucking way! Victoria let me go, or you're going to be in big trouble" shouted Frank.
"Oh dear, I've got a feeling you're not going to be having much fun this evening, Frank" said Victoria "Never mind, we'll probably enjoy ourselves."
"Please, Victoria!" said Frank.
"Now be quiet" said Victoria, heading back to the chair to pick up her laptop "Or do you want me to send Alison in to play with you?"
Frank fell silent and Victoria headed out with her laptop.
Margaret was still sat in misery at the kitchen table when the front door opened and she hardly bothered to look up. She assumed it was Ben and Amy and she wasn't in the mood to talk to them at the moment. She'd tell them she had a headache.
"Margaret?" said Keith, coming into the kitchen.
Margaret looked up suddenly "Keith?" she said sounding, desperate, and she jumped to her feet, threw her arms around him and wept.
This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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