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The Other Woman
By Mark M Lichterman
Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2012
Last edited: Sunday, September 23, 2012
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Realism setting in; distressed at the thought of herself as “the other woman,” as a “home wrecker,” as the woman responsible for the breakup of a family with three young children.

This excerpt is from my third novel, "For Better or Worse" and is the sequel to "Becoming"...Becoming can now be purchased as a Kindle Ebook @$4.95


The Other Woman…

In the shower, I’m “the other woman”! Warm water cascading over her body, thoughts bombarding her mind. I’m the other woman now! Before, when it was only Mitchell and me and nobody knew about us, I never thought of myself as “the other woman.” But now his wife knows and his parents know and I’m sure by the end of today everyone that knows him and Marsha will know that I’m the terrible “other woman.”

Knowing her life was about to drastically change: On the one hand, the unbelievable having happened! Truly amazed that after five years of loving, of desiring and dreaming of spending her life with Mitchell as husband and wife, the dream was now in the process of becoming true .

On the other hand, though, realism setting in; distressed at the thought of herself as “the other woman,” as a “home wrecker,” as the woman responsible for the breakup of a family with three young children.

Also, the financial obligation she’d committed to: “I work too, you know! I’m paying rent here and I’ll keep paying the rent here! And with both of us working money’s not going to be all that much of a problem. Don’t worry,” Elizabeth recalled saying. “We’ll get along just fine!” Further thinking, For how long? If Marsha ever marries the alimony will end…if she ever remarries! But even so, there’s three kids to support for eighteen years… Forever!

Out of the shower, standing nude before the mirror brushing her hair, seeing—although, much worse in the remembrance of her image, much worse in the eye of her imagination then in actual sight—seeing. Whenever nude, Elizabeth would look disgustedly at the droop of her breasts, at the width of her hips and buttocks, at the translucent stretch marks that crossed her stomach, breasts and thighs, that Mitchell, truthfully, said he never cared about or actually no longer noticed.

However, always seeing herself as a fat girl, Elizabeth, very mistakenly, did not believe that Mitchell never cared about, or no longer noticed her—in her exaggerated opinion—ugly stretch marks. Nor did Elizabeth believe that the sight of her “fat girl” body was, as Mitchell had repeatedly told her, the body he’d dreamt of making love to his whole life! That he really loved her body!

Indeed, if his physical reaction to her nude body was testament to the truth of his statement, if an instantaneous erection was proof of his words, to Elizabeth’s amazement, Mitchell Lipensky, the man she loved with all of her heart, did, truly, love the sight of her, in her imagination, “fat girl” body.


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Reviewed by Tegon Maus 9/29/2012
In her mind she will always be fat no matter what he says and the stigma of "the other woman" will plau itself into her fears. Good read Mark, very believable.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 9/24/2012
This story is awesome...the characters are real.....the writing exceptional!

Reviewed by Joy Hale 9/24/2012
Losing ones former body, whether thin or heavy does adverse things to a womans mind. If she was fat as a younger person and thin now, she will always see herself as fat no matter how much encouragement she receives from her husband/lover. Women especially seem to be very sensitive to this arena of her life, but careful attention from the man she loves will sometimes ease her fears. Good writing here, Mark, you get right to the heart of the matter.

Joy L. Hale

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