David Succaar sometimes felt his name really did classify him. His name was often mispronounced 'sucker', and he was often accused of being just that. It had never occurred to him that his own children could be turned against him by his angry and spiteful ex-wife. He had never heard of Parental Alienation Syndrome, but he learned... and he learned the hard way.
David Succaar (pronounced soo-kar) sometimes felt his name really did classify him. His name was often mispronounced 'sucker'. He was often accused of being a sucker. He admitted occasionally to being just that. A sucker.
He was in that most boring of fields, engineering. He knew about reliability and safety and mechanics. His specialty was locomotives.
After college and a short stint in the military, he married his second cousin, Margot, for fear of being accused of being a faggot. He had no interest in other men, but he had very little interest in women either. But marriage was expected and so he got married. His family was under whelmed with his choice of wife, but the entire family was understated and no one said or did very much to keep the relatives from in-breeding.
The marriage was miserable from the proposal until the divorce. Twenty years of miserable. After ten years, Margot decided she was a lesbian. David, who was already miserable, was not surprised. He could remember every time they had sex. It was always when she decided it was time to have a child. It usually took four sexual encounters to knock her up and so the total number of times they had sex in the first ten years of their marriage was twelve. The first four created Karen. The second four created Joshua. The third four created Michael. Then David took matters into his own hands and had a vasectomy. Margot fought him tooth and nail. She wanted more children. She wanted more child support when she divorced him.
David never wanted the divorce. He would have remained married no matter what. Although not a religious man, he believed in the sanctity of marriage. And he did not want to appear as a failure.
The divorce took ten years. Margot wanted to better herself and so David paid her way through nursing school. She took the children with her as she studied in New York. She studied both nursing and lesbianism with a passion, often leaving on weekends with her latest lover when David flew from California to New York for visitation. She made sure that her mother stayed with David and the children. Margot's mother was co-conspirator in the master plan.
In order to keep David in line, Margot told him he could not mention her new found love of women. He might be thinking of using it to gain custody of the children. Well, he could forget that plan. Margot announced that if he told of her lesbianism, she would tell the courts and anyone with their own personal set of ears that he harbored thoughts of molesting Karen. That is why he could not be trusted to visit with the children alone. Karen was trained from birth to believe everything her mother told her and she would be an excellent witness for the prosecution.
And so over the course of ten years and many thousands of dollars, Margot filed for divorce and moved the children to New York, as far away from Los Angeles as she could get. As far away from David as she could get.
David loved his children and could not bear the once a month weekend visits which were all he could afford on his budget. He began looking for a new job. A company that made snow plows in New Jersey hired him at a pay cut of thirty thousand dollars a year. They knew a sucker when they saw one.
David was now allowed to see the children every other weekend and for three hours every Tuesday night. The Tuesday night visits were always in downtown New York as some incredibly expensive children's entertainment restaurant with plenty of video games that his sons could play on instead of visiting with their father. Karen would sit with her father near the window and let her father help her with her homework. She was exceptionally bright and was in advanced classes. Three hours a week was spent immersed in mathematical equations with Karen, while Joshua and Michael honed their hand-eye co-ordination. The weekend visits consisted of going where Karen dictated. If David disagreed, Karen would quietly report his transgression to her mother, who would announce that Karen was too busy with homework or her many school clubs to attend weekend visitation with her father.
Once David brought up having his sons live with him. Margot's reaction was extreme. He was called Chester the Molester and threatened with legal action if he ever brought it up again. Margot knew a sucker when she saw one.
When David was not at work or with his children he began spending time on the Internet. He flitted in and out of chat rooms, speaking rarely. He met a few women in these rooms and once even flew to Walla Walla, Washington for a weekend of drunken sex. He did not email or call her afterwards and she did not try and contact him. He assumed she did not remember their meeting.
One night a screen name caught his eye. LoveBeinMom. He chatted with this screen name for 4 hours the first night and before he logged off he found that the screen name belonged to a single mother of one and one on the way in Denver. The father of her second, unborn child, had thrown them out in the street when he found she was pregnant and she had just managed to secure housing for her and her daughter, who had just turned two years old. Her unborn child was due the following May. Alice was eighteen years younger than David.
In less than a week David found he was very much attracted to LoveBeinMom, whose real name was Alice. Alice's daughter was named Amber. David convinced her to give him her phone number and they began talking on the phone almost nightly. The only nights he did not talk to her were the nights he was with his children. And Alice seemed to understand completely.
"I warned you, David.“ Alice went on. "I told you this might happen. I told you to be careful. And what do you do? Open your arms and close your eyes. Leave all common sense behind. How could you be so blind, David?"