Entangled

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“So what’s the story with that one?” The newcomer nodded at the immobile form slouched in a booth.
The bartender smiled knowingly. “He’s been coming in for years, regular as clockwork every Friday evening. Never seen him quite so melancholic though. I’m run off my feet here with the boss’ Quiz Night. I’m telling ya, this event will be the death of me. If you’re feeling charitable, why don’t you buy him a drink?”
The newcomer sat up straighter. He had just been promoted and his wife had given birth to a baby girl. Life was looking good; he could afford to be generous. “Give me two Corona Extras, Mike.”
Bearing the Coronas, he sauntered over to the man and slid onto the worn leather seat opposite. “It’s lonely drinking by yourself. Have one with me. I’m Irving, by the way.”
The man looked up, his blood-shot eyes ringed with dark circles. “Do I look so pathetic that you have to buy me a drink?”
The newcomer was taken aback. “Hey, no offence. What with Christmas coming and all, I just wanted to show goodwill to men, you know.”
The man took in a shuddering breath. “Sorry, my mouth gets the better of me sometimes. Thanks for the drink. Haven’t had a Corona in years.” He lifted the bottle to his chapped lips. “Cheers.”
“So what brings you here...I don’t know your name?”
“The name’s Max.” His eyes flitted around the room and his voice dropped to a whisper. “I come here to escape from her.”
A puzzled frown knotted Irving’s eyebrows. “Who’s ‘her’? And why is she after you?”
A tired smile flitted across Max’s sallow countenance. “’She’ is my wife. Was my wife, I should say. We’ve been divorced oh, it must be coming to twenty years now. She dumped me for her colleague - he was going places, she said. Implying not so subtly that I wasn’t. After she upped and left, I tried getting on with my life. It was tough but I was determined to show her I could lead a happy and fulfilling life without her.” His shoulders slumped. “Well, as it turns out, I couldn’t.”
“Why not?” Irving demanded. As an auditor, he held steadfastly to the belief that one could do anything, as long as they followed the proper steps, that is.
“I was a sorry mess when she left. Got fired at the gift company where I worked. I would burst into tears and you don’t want your delivery man crying when he sends the hampers or flowers for a wedding or a christening. They didn’t like it even when I cried at funerals. Not sincere, they said. Why, you didn’t even know the deceased.” He sighed. “After several months of moping around the house, I cleaned myself up and found a job. On my first day, I found out that my supervisor had the same name as my ex-wife. What was worse, her secretary and my ex-wife had been schoolmates. I put it down to an unfortunate coincidence. But to this day, I don’t know why my supervisor had it in for me. She would send me to non-existent locations or people who didn’t order anything and each time I returned to the HQ, the she-dragon would be screaming at me while her secretary smirked at her desk. Those were the days before mobile phones and GPS so I used up a lot of petrol, burning up the roads.”
“What odd behavior,” mused Irving.
“You haven’t heard the worst of it,” Max grumbled. “I left the gift company after a year; my eardrums were beginning to hurt even at home. Moved to a courier company and the next thing I know, I was sending weekly packages to my ex-wife’s office. Bumped into her and her fancy man on several occasions. If we’re alone, he would make sly digs at my inability to hang onto Angel but if she was around, he’ll be all goodness and light. That slimy fraudster! He’s a smooth operator, I’ll give him that. Didn’t stay long at the courier company. In fact, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve changed jobs but the outcome’s the same. I always end up being connected to Angel somehow - it’s as if our fates seem to be inexplicably intertwined.” He gazed sadly into the dregs of the golden liquid still fizzing valiantly albeit feebly in the bottom of the bottle.
A sudden thought struck Irving. “Hey, my company may need a driver. One of them resigned; in fact, I just attended his farewell party two weeks ago.” He pulled a napkin towards him. “Here, let me give you my company name and its website address. We’re a small SME and no one’s called Angel.”
Max brightened up. “Thanks! I’ll check it out.”
“That’s great!” Irving eased himself reluctantly out of the booth. “It’s getting late. I’d better leave before the wife kicks up a fuss.”
“Nice meeting you, man,” said Max.
“Me too. Hopefully, your life and Angel’s will take separate paths from now on. See ya around,” Irving replied.
Slotting his key into his front door, Irving whistled happily to himself. He opened the door to find his wife with a finger on her lips. “Shh...you’ll wake the baby.”
Tiptoeing into the master bedroom, he gazed down at the bundle curled up in slumber before grabbing his towel and heading for the bathroom.
“I met your GM at the supermarket earlier the evening,” Irving’s wife said. “He said to tell you he finally hired someone to take over as the Finance Manager.”
In the midst of brushing his teeth, Irving made an inarticulate gurgle.
Irving’s wife was used to her husband’s taciturnity and prattled on. “She’s got quite an unusual name. It seems more suited for someone in Marketing or Communications than Finance. She’s actually called Angel, can you believe it?”
 

About the Author: 
Cassandra Yue has been scribbling away in notebooks and scraps of paper from a young age. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor.

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