The Open Marriage by Flora Kidd
She wanted him to ask her to stayThey'd agreed before their marriage to give each other enough freedom to come and go asthey pleased. And it had worked extremely well--until Jessica had discovered that Alunwas seeing another woman.She hadn't seen or heard from him since their quarrel two years ago, but Jessica had never stopped loving him. She desperately wanted to share his life and never be parted fromhim again, no matter how possessive she seemed. But Alun would never ask her ...."You must do as you please, " he told her instead. "Divorce me--if that's what you want" .
In the modern way, when Jessica and Alun Gower had married they had decided thattheirs was to be an 'open' marriage, with both partners always free to do their own thingwithout feeling tied to each other. And, perhaps predictably, the marriage had brokendown. Now, two years later, for family reasons Jessica needed to marry again — and shehad gone to Wales to find Alun and ask for a divorce. She soon realised that meanwhileAlun had been living a life of his own and that more than one woman was anxious toshare it with him. So what possible right had Jessica to resent the fact?
'SO you want to know where Alun is? Why?'The speaker was Margian Gower. A small woman with a mobile almost monkeyish face,her well-shaped head covered with silky black curls, she was sitting before a large light-edged make-up mirror in a dressing room backstage of a theatre in the West End of London and she was preparing for her role in the revival of Emlyn Williams' spine-chiller play
Night Must Fall
.Pausing in the act of drawing in wrinkles across her brow, Margian glanced at thereflection of the woman who was standing behind her, Jessica Martin, tall and slim,dressed in green linen, her thick golden hair cut in an attractive ear-tip-length style andcurving in a deep wave across her forehead.'I want to get in touch with him,' Jessica said coolly with a slight shrug of her shoulders