Carrie seemed to be in the amusement park with Lucas. Sarah heard laughter beside her. Carrie raised her voice from the noise, “Yes, hey Sarah, what’s the matter?”
“I want to talk with you about something. Are you free today?” Sarah also raised her voice for Carrie to be able to hear her better.
“What’s the matter? Did something happen between you and Charles?” Carrie asked.
Unsure what to say, Sarah was stuttering for a while until she finally answered, “Well… yes somewhat… I feel it's too complicated to explain on the phone, so I wanted to talk to you in person if possible.”
“Alas…” Carrie sighed. Sarah wasn't sure if that sign was because Carrie was frustrated with Charles or with Sarah herself, but then Carrie added, “Why are you guys having so many problems? I told you that you two should try to communicate and understand each other, or else how can you maintain your marriage?”
“This time, it’s not just a matter of understanding, but a matter of principle,” Sarah replied firmly.
“Well. We can meet at three o’clock in the afternoon at the same park, ok? Carrie agreed.
Sarah nodded her head, “Ok. Have a good time, and I'll see you at the park!”
Carrie laughed as she was hanging up the phone as she was playing with Lucas.
Although they agreed to meet at three o’clock in the afternoon, Sarah left her home much earlier to look around for a job. She had majored in International Economics and Trade, but since she had studied at a university that was not very well known, it proved hard for her to find a job matching her skills.
What’s more, since a few years had passed since she graduated and she had worked as a secretary, she had started to forget some of the things she had learned at her university. Sarah decided she didn't want to be a secretary anymore, she wanted a job where she would have better potential and the possibility to climb her career ladder to eventually match Charles on a professional level. If she could close the professional gap between herself and Charles, he would have no excuse for not caring for their future children.
Thinking about it further, Sarah encouraged herself not to accept to be a housewife, but a professional career-oriented woman. She had to do it for her kids. She clenched her fist in determination, attracting the other bypassers’ attention.
She felt a little awkward and hurried to leave. She walked into a shopping mall and looked around, and she noticed a beautiful shirt for a man showcased in one of the more expensive shops. She stopped to look at it for a while, thinking how beautiful it would look on Charles.