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May 11, 2011
It was a crystalline day, sharp in her memory. It formed the basis of all that followed.

He was drunk. He'd spent the evening pawing at the young, beautiful woman. She was tired and wanted to get the kids and herself home and to bed. He put up a fuss. Their hosts took her side, and that incensed him.   In that one evening, he lost the respect of his best friend and blamed her for everything.

As years passed, she withdrew, divorcing him in her heart, moving on with her life even while continuing to be his wife.