Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (45) What Becomes of the Broken Hearted (Part 02)
Karen was very embarrassed when she was summoned to the office of Suzy Ford, the Facilities Manager, to be told that her husband had verbally abused the landlord, or at least his representative.
“Ex-husband” she interjected
“What?” Ms Ford retorted
“Jed is my ex-husband” Karen explained to her
“But he still picks you up from work?” Suzy queried
“Yes” she replied
“Is he still carrying a torch for you?” The Facilities Manager asked
“No not at all” Karen replied “he’s just a very good man”
“I wish mine was” Suzy confided “the lousy bastard”
“Ah” Karen responded
“Anyway Mr Clarke has alleged that your ex-husband was aggressive and abusive” Suzy continued “Shouting and swearing at him”
“Nonsense” Karen said
“Excuse me?” replied the FM
“Jed has never raised his voice in anger to anyone in his life, and as for swearing that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard”
“Well Mr Clarke says otherwise” Suzy said and handed her the email she had received from Keith Clarke which included a transcript of the alleged confrontation.
Immediately after the meeting Karen phoned Jed and she was not at all happy and she told him that Keith Clarke had accused him of shouting at him and swearing at him and as a result he was banned from picking her up in that car park in future.
“I promise you that not once did I swear at him or even raise my voice” he said “I may not have paid him the due deference that he was clearly expecting but that was all, in fact if anything he was the aggressor”
“It’s alright I’m not mad at you, but I had to find out your side of the story” Karen said “I didn’t think it sounded like you”
“I can’t believe he lied” Jed said
When Karen relayed her ex-husbands version of events to Ms Ford, the Facilities Manager said
“I have heard that about him from other sources, but unfortunately without proof that he has lied we have to obey the landlord’s instructions”
If Mr Clarkes intention had been to cause inconvenience to the man that had shown him no respect then he failed miserably.
The alternative road, Studio Approach that he subsequently had to pick Karen up from was in fact better for her than the car park was, as it was nearer the exit she used to come out of in the evening so every cloud had a silver lining.
Karen Anderson was thirty years old when her life began in earnest.
She was an attractive woman with shoulder length brunette hair and green eyes and was a divorcee who lived alone since the house she shared for more than eight years with her ex-husband Jed was sold and they went their separate ways
And even though she was living on her own her life still seemed to be on hold and she was unsure how to change that and she gave it a lot of thought.
So perhaps it should have come as no surprise that it was something beyond her control that actually got her in gear.