A Husband of Her Own

ProposalFiona Patterson was about to give up on Benjamin Brooks. He’s always late! They were supposed to meet for a romantic night in the park, and he didn’t show up. She got tired of waiting and went home, and then he showed up at the park.

He finally came on home, and before she had a chance to yell at him, she found out why he was late. He’d stopped at the jewelers to pick up the engagement ring he’d ordered.

An engagement ring!

Yes, he proposed, and Fiona didn’t want to wait. They hurried off to find a judge and got married right away. After all, they’ve been living together so it wasn’t anything to make a big deal over. Fiona was tired of listening to her mother go on and on about how sinful it was.

Is Fiona happy now? No, not really. Well, yes, she loves Benjamin, but he’s still always late. He’s late to work. He’s late getting home. He’s late getting up. He’s not making much money either, but neither is she. They’re broke. Bills are coming due again soon, and Fiona’s a bit concerned. Things will get better, of course.

And what of Jonathan? She hasn’t seen him since he broke off their relationship. He told her then that he really loved his wife and wanted to make her happy. Well, Fiona told him a thing or two! And now, Jonathan, guess what! She doesn’t need you anymore. She’s got a husband, and by the way, he’s much better at keeping her satisfied that you ever were.

So there, Jonathan!

 

 

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A New Leaf

Angry FionaJonathan Evans is turning over a new leaf. He’s decided he’s not going to put his marriage at risk for a meaningless little fling with Fiona Patterson. That’s all it ever was, really.

Jonathan cares about Fiona, but he’s vowed to love Kat forever, and he’s going to do the right thing and honor that commitment. He’s going to be the kind of husband Kat deserves.

Fiona wasn’t happy when he told her, but she’ll get over it.

For heaven’s sake, she’s living with Benjamin Brooks, so she’s been cheating, too. Maybe she should stay home and spend a little time with Benjamin.

The way Jonathan sees it now, he’s been asking for trouble. So has Fiona. It’s not worth it. He wants a happy marriage, not one riddled with suspicions and doubt.

Now, his only concern is what Fiona might do. Jonathan hopes he won’t be seeing Fiona around town too often. It could get awkward. It could get nasty.

Maybe…or Maybe Not

Kat is so depressed she just wants to stay in bed all day.
Kat is so depressed she just wants to stay in bed all day.

Kat Phillips is devastated. She’s wanting to have a baby, and it’s just not happening. She thought she might be pregnant, and then she found out she wasn’t. She feels like a complete failure as a wife.

Jonathan didn’t think he wanted a family yet, but now he’s giving it more thought. What if he and Kat can’t ever have children? That would be awful. He’s still not sure he wants to be a father right now, but if Kat really wants a baby, maybe they should try again.

Or, maybe not.

Jonathan is confused. He’s been seeing Fiona Patterson, now he’s feeling guilty, and maybe he needs to re-dedicate himself to his beautiful wife.

Or, maybe not.

He enjoys the time he spends with Fiona. Sometimes he wishes he hadn’t gotten married. Maybe he really loves Fiona. Maybe more than he loves Kat.

Or, maybe not.

No, he does love his wife. That’s why he married her. He’s confused, Kat’s depressed, and at least they have their music to share.

 

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Graduation Day

Graduation DayIt’s the day that Jonathan and Kat have both been waiting for. They’re donning graduation caps and walking across the stage at the Academy of Performing Arts.

Jonathan is proud to have earned his Bachelor’s degree — with honors — in Violin performance. Fiona has earned her degree in Piano performance.

What’s ahead now for the young couple? Neither is quite sure. Jonathan will start sending out queries to symphony orchestras, but despite his degree, his honors, and his talent, it’s hard to get auditions. And even harder to land a chair in a major orchestra.

Katherine isn’t setting her sights so high. She’s happy being Jonathan’s wife, so she’d prefer spending her time at home, taking care of the house, cooking meals…and maybe setting up a nursery? She and Jonathan had agreed they wouldn’t start a family under after graduation day.

Well, Jonathan? Are you ready now?

Kat would love to have children, but sometimes she’s not sure how her husband really feels about it. He’s been a bit distant at times, but maybe that was just the pressure of final exams, long rehearsals, the stress of the performances he’s given, and all the worries about finding a position.

Kat hopes that there’s nothing seriously wrong in her marriage. She still harbors a few suspicions about Fiona Patterson. Now that they’re all out of school — Fiona graduated, too — there won’t be many opportunities for Jonathan and Fiona to cross paths.

Having a baby would be a great way to get Jonathan’s full attention. Kat’s hoping it will happen soon.

 

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 What do YOU think? Should Kat and Jonathan start a family now?

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Has This Been Going On?

OnoHey, what’s going on between Jonathan Evans and Fiona Patterson?

He’s happily married, and she’s happily in love with Benjamin Brooks, right?

So why were she and Jonathan slipping into the corner for a few quick hugs and kisses during a recent concert?

 

 

Maybe Jonathan’s marriage isn’t quite as happy as he’s led folks to believe…and maybe Fiona’s love for Benjamin isn’t all that true.

How long has this been going on?

Kat will be devastated if she finds out. So will Benjamin.

Can Jonathan and Fiona keep their illicit love a secret? Or will the truth come out?

 

 

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To Love, Honor, and Cherish

Kat Where Are YouIt was a lovely wedding…once it got underway. For an anxious moment, Jonathan worried that his bride might not show up.

A quick call to Kat assured him that she was on her way, just running a little late. Huh? Late? For her own wedding? Now Jonathan’s worried that it might be a bad sign. But that’s crazy, right? He and Kat will have a good marriage.

Once Kat arrived, she still had to change into her wedding gown and do all those things women have to do. Hair. Make-up. A touch-up on her manicure. For heaven’s sake, Kat! The guests are waiting. The music is playing. It’s time to take that walk down the aisle. Kat Wedding Gown

 

Yes, once it got underway, it was a beautiful ceremony, and Kat was certainly a beautiful bride. It was short, sweet, and it made Jonathan reflect a bit on the wonder of it all. Amazing, really, that a few words spoken between a man and a woman could irrevocably change their lives.

Marriage is forever.

A few other thoughts flitted through his mind, too, even as he was vowing to love, honor, and cherish his bride. Thoughts about Fiona mostly.

Hmmm…maybe that’s another bad sign. But don’t all men have a few stray thoughts as they commit themselves to one woman, forsaking all others?

It was over quickly. Katherine Phillips and Jonathan Evans have tied the knot and they’ll be very happy together. Right?

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Yes, of course. Love is a many-splendored thing, they say. He and Kat will have a good life. They’ll finish classes at the Academy, and then they’ll be ready to start a family. Their future looks bright and beautiful.

 

 

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Breaking Hearts

All things considered, proposing to Kat was the easy thing. Now comes the hard part. What’s the best way to tell Fiona and all the other young women in his life that he’s getting married?

Fiona is not happy about Jonathan's upcoming marriage to Kat.
Fiona is not happy about Jonathan’s upcoming marriage to Kat.

Might as well just do it and get it over with, right?

That was the best approach, he decided. For the most part, it went well…except for Fiona. In her opinion, he’s making a big mistake, one he’ll soon come to regret.

“You’ll be miserable and unhappy, Jonathan, and you’ll come running right back to me.”

Now, he’s a bit worried. What if Fiona is right?

What if he’s about to make the biggest mistake of his life?

Worse still, what if Fiona decides to cause trouble for Kat? With an anxious heart, Jonathan thinks back to a bit of poetry from English Lit 101, recalling the immortal lines William Congreve wrote:

Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d.

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Will her predictions come true?

 

 

 

 

 

What’s a Girl to Do?

Fiona's got a little strategy in mind for getting Jonathan back.
Fiona’s got a little strategy in mind to make Jonathan jealous.

Things might be getting a little awkward with the music group from the Academy of the Performing Arts. Fiona Patterson hosted the group and performed a few cello pieces for them, and she had a hard time deciding whether she liked Jonathan Evans or Benjamin Brooks the most.

She flirted with them both, and she’d almost convinced herself that Benjamin might be the one for her. 

At first, she was even worried that Jonathan might get a bit ticked off at her for breaking things off with him.

But then she heard from friends that Jonathan Evans is a real player — and not just where music is concerned.

Apparently he’s chasing after — and sleeping with — any girl he meets. “He was only using you,” is what her friends are saying. That explains why he hasn’t called recently.

Trumpet player Benjamin Brooks is stealing Fiona's heart.
Is Trumpet player Benjamin Brooks really stealing Fiona’s heart? Or is it all part of her game?

How dare he treat her that way.  How dare he toy with her emotions. Fiona doesn’t like the idea of being used, and she’s going to get back at Jonathan. But how?

Call in the cavalry. In other words, Benjamin Brooks.

Reverse psychology. That’s what it’s called. She learned about it in one of her classes. She’s going to use that old trick and play hard-to-get.

Fiona’s going to cool it with Jonathan for now and pretend she now longer cares. She’ll flirt with Benjamin and spend more time with him. She’ll even parade him around on her arm a bit so that Jonathan will take note.

Yes, jealousy can be a girl’s best friend when she wants to win back a man’s attention. It wont’ be long until Jonathan calls and things between them really heat up again.

 

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The Fun Begins

Looks like Jonathan's got some explaining to do.
Looks like Jonathan’s got some explaining to do.

Jonathan Evans is having a great time. He invited Kat Phillips over, and it was a bit awkward at first. She really wanted to play hard to get. She told him off, said she wasn’t interested in seeing a cheater, and swore he was flirting with Fiona Patterson.

Yes, yes, we’ve been through that before. Luckily, Jonathan took time to plan things out a bit. He knows how to soothe a young woman’s soul. A little music, romantic sandalwood incense, a red rose.

 

 

Fruitcake Kat
          “I made this fruitcake just for you, Kat.” 

He soon had Kat eating out of his hand — fruitcake, in fact — and one thing quickly led to another. They ended up doing the woo-hoo, not once but twice, and Kat left the next morning with a lovely smile on her face. So much better than the awful scowl she was wearing when she arrived. She’s definitely in contention for the title of “official girlfriend”.

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Antonin Dvorak Cello Concerto

As a cello major, Fiona Patterson is well-acquainted with the concert repertoire for the instrument. Among her favorite pieces (and mine) is Antonin Dvorak’s cello concerto. Here, it’s performed by the late Jacqueline du Pre.

Jacqueline du Pre was an English cellist born in 1945. In 1973, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, effectively ending her career as a performer. She passed away in 1987 at the age of 42. She is considered one of the greatest cellists of all time. Her life story is told in the film, Hilary and Jackie.