THE RULES AND WHO BROKE THEM
Ron took Claire to dinner and explained the ground rules. He and his wife agreed they could sleep around, as long as they stayed within bounds: no crazies, no mutual acquaintances, no falling in love. It was easy for her to believe in these rules. Soon, though, Ron started saying things like, "It will be years before I can leave my wife."
In the time they spent together, Ron mostly talked, and Claire listened. He didn't seem to realize she had a lively interior monologue running the whole time. In it she disdained men who pretended to follow the rules while really trolling for a replacement wife.
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