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Sara asked as she still weighed the pros and cons of confiding in Trevor.
"Well...since Dane and I married, we've had...well...some financial
"What? How? I
thought Dane was pretty well off."
"His parents are
well off. Dane, however..." She lowered her head in embarrassment
over her troubles. She hated letting anyone know what kind of problems she
was having, but she did realize that maybe she couldn't fix this one on her
own. "Anyway, his parents weren't too keen on the idea of his
getting married and told him that if he thought he was old enough to have a
wife, he was old enough to support himself on his own."
"They didn't want him
marrying you?" Trevor laughed at the thought.
"That's a switch. With everyone I know, it's the other way
around. I'd think they'd be happy to have you as a daughter-in-law.
You're the only person I know that can keep him in line. You're the best
thing for him!"
"Apparently, they don't
exactly hold the same opinions of me." Why, she wasn't sure.
She'd never even met any of Dane's family. "Well, since we're
financially on our own, we've been having a few problems."
"Basic living expenses,
Dane's college tuition..." Sara paused and swallowed. It was
very difficult for her to confess her problems. "He's been working at
the printing plant at night after his classes, but he's not making enough money
to support the both of us and pay for school. I knew we were having money
problems, but I didn't realize exactly how bad they were until I did a little
checking of my own into our finances. I-I'm not sure we're gonna have
enough money to even make rent next month."
"Oh, my god, I didn't
realize things were so rough for you two." Trevor put his arm around
Sara and gave her a comforting hug. True, he never really cared for
Dane. His interference in Reginald and
Jillian's relationship only
intensified that dislike. Sara, however, was a different story. He'd
known her casually for years through Annabelle and had always thought she was an
exceptionally bright and sweet girl. A little headstrong, of course, but
he'd always attributed that to a rather troublesome home life growing up.
"I-I'm trying to find a
job to help out with the bills."
"What can I do to
"Well...first of all,
Dane must never know I'm doing this." Sara realized that if she was
going to let Trevor help her, she had to be up front about Dane's forbiddance of
her working. "He insists that I can't have a job. He feels it's
some kind of affront to his manhood or something. He thinks that because
he's my husband, he should be the one taking care of me...that it's his
duty. Under normal circumstances, I'd agree that's the way things are
supposed to be. However, sometimes dire situations call for drastic
"You're trying to find a
job behind Dane's back?" He eyed her closely. He really didn't
like the sound of that idea and wasn't sure he wanted to be involved in
this sort of deception. "Are you sure that lying to your husband is a
good way to start your marriage?"
"I don't have a
choice!" She began to grow anxious and fidgeted in her seat.
Was Trevor going to help her or not? "Look, it's not like I'm doing
this out of spite. It's for his own good, whether he wants to admit it or
not! I can't let Dane give up on his dreams because of me. I can't
stand around playing the helpless little housewife when I can work and help
support us. He just can't ever know what I'm doing!"
"And how do you think
you're going to accomplish this?"
"Well...like I said,
Dane's been working at the printing plant at night. I'm home all alone
with nothing to do. If I can find some kind of job where I can work at
night after classes are over and be home before he gets home, he'll never
know." Sara slowly began to wring her hands. All this talk
about her personal life and her problems with Dane was beginning to make her
"What about the extra
money? Don't you think he's going to notice that?" Trevor began
to go over the logistics of Sara's plan in his head. It could work,
but there were parts of it that weren't adding up.
"Dane's a very careful
bookkeeper, I admit, but I'm also smarter than he is." She blushed
slightly at that confession. She hated to feel superior to her husband,
but she was fully aware that, in some instances, she was. Though he did
keep immaculate records, his accounting skills weren't the best in the
world. She was working towards a business degree, after all.
"Look, it's not going to be that difficult for me to alter his records to
reflect the extra money. He'll just think we're doing better at budgeting
our funds than we thought we were. I know Dane. This is going to
work. It has to work."
"I-I don't know about
this deception, Sara." Trevor lifted his hand to his chin and began
to think. True, the sneakiness of it all bothered him, but she did have
many valid points. She had clearly thought this through.
Help me! I've looked all over town and there's not a single job to be
found anywhere!" Sara's head sunk in desperation. "I've
tried waitressing, store clerk, everything! Isn't there something I can do
at the newspaper or Callison
"Sara, I really don't
think we need anybody. The job market is kinda tough right now. You
know that. Dane's pretty lucky to have gotten on at the printing
plant. There are always tons of guys lined up every day for work
there." He looked at Sara and saw the hopelessness that clearly
showed in her eyes. Finally, he let out a sigh of defeat.
"Okay. I'll check. Maybe I can come up with
"Oh, thank you, Trevor,
thank you!" She flung her arms around him and gave him a huge
hug. "I knew I could count on you!"
"Sara, I'm not making any
promises. I really don't know if there's anything I can do, but I'll
"That's all I'm
asking." She smiled as her sense of hope quickly returned.
"This'll work! You'll see!" Because, if it didn't, Sara
realized that it wouldn't be long before she and Dane were out on the street.