“We’re all going to Disneyland in the summer! That is six months from now! So I want you to mark each day off so we know how close it’s getting.”
The three children screamed with delight. They ran up to their bedrooms to look out some calendars and to chat and get excited as little children do.
She sat. Never said a word. Asking about how they were going to afford this was a bad idea.
He smiled at her.
“Well, you can tell everyone what I am doing for the kids. That’ll shut your mother up.”
She nodded, trying to hide the swallow that relieved the lump of dread in her throat.
The kids did as their dad had asked and marked off every day. They were at their most excitable at the weekends when they would sit around the living room and discuss the rides and what they wanted to see. He fuelled their enthusiasm by showing them brochures. He told them that everything was going to plan and he was now trying to get a deal on the flights. He had been telling everyone what a wonderful father he was and the kids drowned him with cuddles and kisses.
She began to think that he may have something up his sleeve. She didn’t ask. She considered that there would be no place on the plane for her.
The time went in slowly and finally the third of August arrived. It was the day before they were flying out. He came home from signing on.
“Well!! I hope you are all packed for Disneyland!”
The kids squealed with delight.
“Your mum will help you pack.”
She went upstairs with the kids and put what they were taking into two cases. She was surprised when he came into their own bedroom and looked out his clothes.
“Could you put mine with yours love. Watch we don’t go over the limit.”
She did as she was asked. They all went to bed early that night. He decided that he deserved sex. The next morning when she got out of bed she realised that the house was very quiet. She went downstairs and they were all sitting around the kitchen table.
He glowered at her.
“You really are a piece of work!”
“Wh…What have I done?”
“You know full well! How can we go to Disneyland when you have spent all the money! You’ll need to tell everyone that we are not going and you had better apologise to the children!”
He knocked his chair over as he stormed out.
She looked at the three little faces. They stared at her with tears magnifying their hate.