My heart leaps at the sound. A rush of fizz pours from the top of the champagne bottle, dousing my hands. I curse inwardly and mop the mess off the counter. Not bothering with a glass, I take the bottle with me to the couch and curl up for another quiet night in. I flip through the channels and settle on a made-for-TV movie. All I need is a pint of Ben & Jerry's to complete my look as a miserable divorcée.
I thought when all the paperwork was finalized today, something would change... I would change. I was no longer Madison Cleary, the wife on the arm of a rising star. I was officially Madison Atwood again. The new Madison should feel happy and relieved and free. But something about this celebration feels so incredibly empty.
I close my eyes and exhale a tired sigh.
Goddamn him. As hard as I try, I can't seem to let go of my anger.
Rejection. Hope. Failure. Determination. Yes...determination is here and fighting for ground too. I put the bottle down and reach for my laptop. The Internet has answers and surely this isn't the end for me. The failure of my marriage has been a devastating blow, without a doubt. But I can't let my famous and infamously unfaithful husband-ex-husband-jeopardize my future.
Sometimes it feels like he's everywhere, though. Clients, gigs, and friends still exist in our shared circles. If I ever want to feel completely myself again, I need a break. I need to get away from LA, the whispers, and the chapter of my life that I'd just signed into the past.
A trip to Baja, maybe. Meet a sexy, rich producer who would blacklist the fucker I'd stood by so faithfully through his rise to fame. We'd sip expensive champagne and eat just enough decadent food to fuel our back-to-back sexcapades. And of course we'd kill time in between by frolicking in the clear blue ocean.Keep Reading