Breaking Chains

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It had been one of their worst sessions, one in a steadily shortening list of tasks required to win her freedom. He did his best to add to this list of issues for the mediated divorce decree, forgetting to do their assigned tasks, and maximizing the length of time that they would have to work together; the mediator didn’t call him on it as she was making money for each additional session.

What her soon-to-be (please God!) Ex really wanted was to see her blow her stack again, because for him, negative attention was better than no attention at all.

She stepped out of the mediator’s office, temper intact, zipping her parka to the top, and hunching her shoulders against the bitter January wind. She shivered and felt momentarily sad, thinking he should have put all that energy into strengthening their marriage, instead of gaslighting it to extinction.

She thanked God she hadn’t had children with him.

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2021)

15 thoughts on “Breaking Chains

  1. excellent!
    One of the ways that normal/healthy/reasonably mature people are at a distinct disadvantage when interacting with a person such as the soon-to-be-ex person in your phrase “…for him, negative attention was better than no attention at all…
    that perception (of attention) is so counter-intuitive…hell, counter-rational for the rest of us.
    That single realization is the breaking of the chains, for sure.

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  2. That line hit me as well, so count me in with Frank and V. The gaslighting line was superb.
    Sad, yet I sense an energy from her that speaks to improving her life, to making it her own. Not an easy task to remove oneself from a toxic relationship especially when there is history and love mixed in.
    Thank you, Liz for a 2nd Six. Excellent.

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