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A Birthday Bang

By Isa Adam

Copyright@2017 by Isa Adam

Smashwords Edition

This book is a work of fiction and any resemblance to persons, living or dead, or places, events or locales is purely coincidental.

It is intended only for adults over the age of 18 and all characters are represented as 18 or over.

Alicia woke up that morning to the smell of freshly baked cupcakes and bacon. She stretched her arms out, but didn't feel her husband on the other side of the bed. He must have been in the kitchen making her breakfast. Maybe he had finally done something right and remembered her birthday. Full of excitement, she shot out of bed and put on her red silky robe. It was Zach's favorite and quite frankly even hers because it left very little to the imagination. If he'd finally remembered her birthday, maybe she was going to do something nice for him in the kitchen. The counter would be a good place to start her new birthday ritual.

Alicia walked on her toes down the stairs to the kitchen. Zach always startled easily and she wanted to surprise him. She couldn't help but feel excited for her birthday. She was turning thirty and that was a big deal for any woman. She paused at the kitchen door to the sound of voices. Someone else was in there with Zach and judging by the high-pitched voice; it could be only one person. She felt her smile turn into a sour frown at the thought of that woman being in her house again. This was the third time this week.

"Good morning Alicia," she called. Alicia was crouched behind the door trying to listen in on their conversation.

“I can see you never stop snooping around. Even in your own house," the woman said mockingly as Alicia emerged from her hiding place.

"Good morning Stacy," she replied as she moved into the kitchen. "What are you doing here at this time of the day?"

"Feeding my son. Clearly, you're not doing a very good job at it," she replied. A few years ago, a comment like that might have hurt Alicia, but she had gotten so used to all the scathing remarks that fell from the woman's lips. She never had anything nice to say to her no matter how Alicia tried to be.

"Why would I do that when it's your only purpose on Earth?" Alicia answered giving a remark of her own. She flashed a brief look a Zach who was clearly made uncomfortable by the exchange. Alicia had tried talking to him numerous times about her mother not giving them enough space but he was too much of a mama's boy.

"What's for breakfast?" Alicia asked walking to the oven. If Stacy had decided to make them breakfast, she might as well enjoy it. Alicia had never liked the other woman, but one thing she had to admit was she was a terrific cook.

"We have some bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, mom's famous cupcakes…" Zach started to say. Alicia must have zoned out because when she next looked up, Zach was searching her eyes for something. Maybe it was approval he needed from her. He'd been doing that for a while now.

"Okay," she said walking back to their bedroom without touching any of Stacy's food. She wouldn't give him the satisfaction when he'd clearly forgotten her birthday again.

What Alicia needed now was a long bath after which she could go out and do all those things she'd promised herself before she turned thirty. She'd never quite gotten around to doing any of them because Zach wasn't very interested in doing anything with her. He'd rather spend time days with his mother than even a single minute with her. She'd tried telling him how his relationship with Stacy was putting a strain on theirs, but Zach was too in love with his mother to care.

That long bath was much needed because once Alicia was in the tub, she felt extremely relaxed. She couldn't remember ever feeling like this with Zach. He was always making her feel like she didn't matter to him. He never talked to her, never told her how much her loved her anymore. All the things he did for his mother, he never did with her and though Alicia loved him, she just didn't think she could do it anymore. She couldn't compete with his mother for her husband's affection. She had been thinking about it for a while and it was time that she tried to move on. She was going to give herself the perfect birthday present by leaving her husband. She'd talked to her lawyer already knowing that this was the last chance she was giving Zach and since he'd clearly failed, she was going to have to serve him with those divorce papers. It hurt her deeply to think that this was what her marriage had come to but Alicia needed to be happy. She hadn't been happy in years. She was not getting any younger as her present age was proving so she had to make a change in her life.

It hurt Alicia to have these thoughts. She still loved Zach and could hardly imagine a life without her husband. Even though they fought and disagreed, at the end of the day all she ever wanted was to cuddle up next to her husband in bed. Despite her strong undying love for him, she didn't think she could take the disappointment any longer. It had been a whole year now since he'd done anything for her even when she was always trying to make his life comfortable. He hadn't even touched her in months. Not even when she had tried so hard to look good for him. Maybe he just didn't find her attractive anymore. Alicia could spend days wondering what had happened with her husband but it wouldn't change a thing. She had tried all she could to change things and if he didn't see it, then it was his loss.

"Where are you going babe?" Zach asked her thirty minutes later when she came down from her room to find them having breakfast. She was dressed in her favorite jeans and a tight T-shirt.

"I'm going ice skating," she replied. Ice skating was one of those things she had always wanted to do but Zach hadn't wanted to go with her. Come to think of it, Zach never wanted to do anything new with her.

"Don't you have to work today?" he asked with his mouth stuffed with eggs. It took all her strength not to throw his plate in his face.

"I don't work on Fridays," she replied looking at him like he was insane. He cringed visibly under her gaze. How could her own husband not know that she didn't work on Fridays.

"I thought you hate ice skating?" he asked.

"No. You hate ice skating. I've always wanted to go ice skating but you didn't want to come," she replied. Stacy who was sitting next to her son looked uncomfortable.

"Why do you have to go today? Don't you want to spend time with Mom," he said. Apparently, he just didn't know when to give up.

"I don't want to spend time with your mother on my birthday. She doesn't even like me," she yelled. Everyone suddenly went quite and Stacy acted like she wasn't listening at all.

"It's your birthday?" he asked stupidly.

"Why am I still married to you?" she said under her breath and left the kitchen leaving mother and son in shock. She slammed the door on her way out wondering what the two would be saying about her once she was outside. It was no secret that they talked about her behind her back a lot. Zach had gone as far as to give his mother some very private information about her.

Alicia stood outside her door waiting for him to come after her. Even while she did it, she knew it was stupid to expect it from him. Still, fifteen minutes went by before she actually decided to leave. She could hear the two of them inside the house laughing as if she hadn't just stormed out of the house. She missed the days when Zach actually cared about her feelings. Taking in a deep breath, Alicia decided she was going to let go. It was her thirtieth birthday and she was dammed if she wasn't going to enjoy herself.

Alicia walked to her car deciding that she wasn't going to care about what Zach and his mother were doing to her. She went ice skating like she'd always wanted and had a great time. She couldn't remember the last time she'd enjoyed herself so much without anyone else's company. Next, she was going to try the food in that new Ethiopian restaurant. Alicia had always wanted to try Ethiopian food but had never mustered the courage to do it alone. Especially because Jake, who was her husband's best friend, worked there. She'd secretly had a crush on Jake for a while now.

The Ethiopian restaurant wasn't far off. Alicia was famished so she drove crazily to the restaurant eager for a nice hot meal. Jake was the manager and owner there and since they were such good friends ushered her to the best table once she came in. She was looking through the menu when she decided to check the messages on her phone. There were a lot of calls from Zach which was strange since Zach only called her to know if she was making dinner. His mother was home so she practically served no purpose to him. It was strange how she had come from wife to the woman who waited on his every need. She placed the phone back into her purse not willing to have him ruin her mood.

Alicia looked back to the menu. She didn't know any of the items offered and briefly wondered what she was going to do. Tears welled up in her eyes when she imagined how much fun it would have been if they were there together. She sucked them back in not willing to be weepy on her own birthday. With the staff's help, she was able to pick something and she only hoped she wouldn't regret it.

She was waiting for her food when she saw Zach burst into the restaurant. He was still dressed in his pajamas. She froze wondering what on Earth had brought her husband all the way to the restaurant. Maybe there was an emergency with his mother. Alicia hated to say it but she wanted to wrap her arms around him in assurance.

"What are you doing here Zach?" she asked fighting the urge to hold him. She had never seen him look so troubled.

"I was trying to find you," he replied with difficulty. She could tell that he had been running from the way he was out of breath.

"Why didn't you just call me?" she asked then remembered that he had in fact tried. "Is there something wrong with your mother?"

"I found out about the divorce. Your lawyer called the house," he blurted out before she could come to any more conclusions.

"I'm sorry Zach," she started to apologize, "I didn't mean for you to find out like that."

"Don't be sorry. I should have seen this coming," he replied. She watched as he pulled out a seat and sat right across from her. He buried his head in his hands. She didn't know what to do to make him feel any better because she was going through hell herself.

"I know I wasn't a good husband to you, but I just can't let you go," he said.

"It's too late Zach. I've made up my mind," she replied. Her voice was heavy with emotion.

"I know, but I really need you to give me another chance," he begged. He looked up at her. His eyes were red. Had he been crying? She'd never seen Zach display any emotion when she was close by and frankly had never thought him capable of it.

"I gave you lots of chances Zach," she said trying to sound brave.

"I know I don't deserve it, but just give me today so I can show you how much you mean to me because I can't imagine what my life will be like if you left me," he took her hand in his and squeezed it. She could sense his desperation from the way he touched her.

"Fine," she said in exasperation, "if you mess up this time, I won't think twice about leaving you."

"Agreed," he said nodding his head repeatedly. He looked much happier already.

"How do you want to do this?" she asked. She doubted that he could pull it off but was flattered that he was making the effort.

"Follow me," he replied getting up from his seat. He seemed excited. Like what he had planned was going to blow her away. She couldn't wait to find out what he had planned for her.

Before Alicia knew it, she was in a cab with Zach with no idea where they were headed it. She'd been kind enough not to point out that they'd left her car at the restaurant in case that would have made him feel even more inferior. She soon fell asleep with her head in his lap and only woke up when she felt the cab stop. His hand was running through her hair in slow gentle movements that made her want to sleep all over again. She fought the urge and got up slowly.

Her eyes widened in surprise when her eyes fell on the scenery outside. This was exactly where they'd had their first date. Only that the restaurant had been demolished leaving a large clearing of land in its place. She'd been extremely disappointed when she had found out what had happened. This was the one place where she felt she could connect with her husband and after it was demolished they had even less to speak about or do together.

"What are we doing here?" she asked getting out of the car.

"I brought you to your favorite place for your birthday," he replied. She had no idea when he'd moved behind her, but it scared her so much that she yelped in surprise.

"Are you insane? No one is allowed here," she was having second thoughts.

"That would have never held you back long ago," he said referring to the numerous times she had been more than willing to break the rules. She found herself turning crimson at the memories. She'd gotten into so much trouble in those days.

"Fine. Let's get this over with," she said heading right to the clearing. He came after her with a picnic basket she couldn’t remember seeing before. Zach happened to know the exact spot they'd sat on their first date so it wasn't hard to relocate it. After they were settled, he opened the basket to reveal varieties of food. All food that she had ordered on that first day and barely eaten. She had been unbearable on that day. She'd sent back pate after plate to the kitchen. He hadn't minded her extreme pickiness and had been patient with her. She laughed as he brought out dish after dish just to make her remember that day.

When he'd tormented her with all that food, he brought out the final one. The food she'd finally settled for. Strangely, it had been exactly what he had recommended in the first place, but Alicia being the headstrong woman that she was, completely ignored him.

"Do you think making jokes will make me want you back?" she asked between fits of laughter.

"Not really. I just want you to remember how good we were for each other from that first time. I know you still don't trust me with your heart but if you give in to me like that first day, I swear you'll never regret it," he replied.

Alicia's eyes welled up with tears at his words. Zach rarely displayed any emotion but it was worth it when he did. She knew then that she couldn't leave him even if she wanted to. She could feel herself already letting go of all her pain. She'd never had this much hope for her relationship with Zach.

"What about your mother?" she asked suddenly remembering her one pain.

"I know my relationship with her is too much for you. So I'll try as much as I can to tone it down," he promised.

She knew she couldn't resist him much longer. She lunged herself at him. Her lips were on his in a second. She sucked on his bottom lip and he parted his lips slowly to give her entrance. For the first time in a while, Alicia felt brave. So brave that she was willing to make love to her husband in the open. He must have had her same idea in mind because he pushed her so that she was on her back and her lay above her. He fumbled with her jeans pulling them off her long legs. He ripped off her panties exposing her to his hungry eyes. His pants were next and he pushed them past his knees to his ankles.

He moved inside her gently. Her body wrapped around his like a vine as he started to thrust into her. He whispered into her ear as she moaned softly beneath him. With a few more thrusts, she could feel herself cumming, triggering his own release. He rolled off her and they stared to get dressed so they wouldn't get caught naked. They were giggling like little girls as they held hands and walked out of that place. What Alicia was sure of was that she had never enjoyed herself half as much.

The End

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