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Dave Martens has to fill in for his boss and deliver the presentation of his career. All the while knowing that his young wife Ashley is back in New York with her new lover Mike in their marriage bed. Mike, the guy Dave met in a cuckold chat room, whom Ashley believes is an old friend from summer camp.
The real challenges await Dave upon his return. Mike’s woven himself into the fabric of Dave’s marriage. He’s taken over Dave’s bedroom and wants to dunk him in the cuckold deep-end.
Dave resolves to stand up for himself, hoping a big heart-to-heart with Ashley will pull the brakes on this runaway train. Meanwhile he must pretend everything’s perfect. As they go out on the town with another couple, attend a family cookout. Even just saying hello to his doorman becomes a trial as Dave struggles to project normalcy. But his troubles are just beginning. Mike has a birthday coming up, and Ashley has an unusual gift in mind.
David McManus is the author of Reluctant Cuckold, and works in finance in New York. While he intends to some day write a book about the economics of baseball, he felt compelled to tell a more immediate story now.
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“Just say ‘Hi, Ashley, I hear you’re going out with Mike tonight, and I just want to say have fun.’ ”
“Dave, that’s such a normal thing to say. Why is that so tough?”
“Look,” I said, “the last thing I want is to be seen as sanctioning this.”
“You’re looking at it backward, bro. You’d be seen as blessing it. You’d be saying ‘Go for it, Ashley.’ You’d be saying ‘I love you.’ ”
“Dave, just think of the benefits of being normal with her again. Ashley will feel she can start getting real and open with you again. Think of how good that will make her feel. And you, too.”
“I’m telling you, this will strengthen your marriage, bro.”
“Okay, man, whatever,” I said. “Look, I’m not gonna play fucking dumb. I know I have to acknowledge it.”
“Good, man. I bet you’ll be surprised how easy it is. Oh shit, I’m late to a meeting, bro.”
“Okay, but Mike …?”
“Will you at least consider what I said about all three of us taking a hiatus until I’m back?”
“Now’s the time to be supportive, bro.”