Discretion — Fiction by R. J. Fox

Semaphore Magazine

They both heard about the service on their favorite national morning news program, while sipping their morning coffee. The concept was simple: a dating service/social network for people looking to have a discreet affair. Their immediate reaction to the site was mutual: who would resort to something like this? Certainly not them. Yet, before they knew it, they were registered under the aliases of “Creativemaker7” and “OceanBreeze123.”

Creativemaker7’s motivation was plain and simple: his wife no longer desired sex. He tried not to take it personally, but desired sex too much to ignore it. His wife went out of her way to make it clear that it was “her,” not “him.” But it’s hard for any man to fully buy into that logic and not take it personally. The only difference between “he” and “them” was that that he finally crossed the threshold of acting upon it.

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