Once Upon a Time

[This is a response to an EP post from 10/7/15
http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Live-In-A-Sexless-Marriage/7192782%5D

Write your own fairy tale. If you don’t like the direction the current story is going, do some editing and rewriting.
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Once upon a time, a woman who was not a princess, but a commoner, lived in a city near the sea. Because she was small, female, not wealthy, and not connected to the powers in charge, she had to live by her wits. (She did have some looks and sex appeal; but she knew better than to rely on that forever.)
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The woman had been involved with a man who was not a prince, but a minor nobleman. However, he suffered some of the problems of life, and took so long to recover that the woman just couldn’t hold on any longer.
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However, it took her a long time to realize this; and still longer to extricate herself from the situation. She had really loved this man with all her heart. They had had 6 great years together before things started going south. And, for a long time, she kept hoping that he would finish mourning the losses life had dealt him, and begin to move forward again and find joy in life.
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As it happened, the woman was in search of employment; and a merchant near the sea offered her a position rewriting badly written documents. Since she needed a better job, loved the sea and the coast – AND needed a break from being with her depressed man 24/7, she accepted the position.
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At first, she was disoriented. But her natural optimism and spirit of adventure got her through; she began finding places to go and people to talk to.
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Meanwhile, the man had a few brief periods of logical thought, during which he realized that his hold on the woman was becoming slippery. He once spoke of compromise and attempts to see things from the woman’s point of view. He promised more action.
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However, his idea of compromise and action still fell short of the woman’s ideas. When she mentioned this, he became irritated, and basically told the woman that this was as good as it was going to get, and that he didn’t want to hear any more about it.
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There was a time in the past when the woman, although hurt by this, would still have wanted to try to work on the relationship, and compromise still further.
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But each compromise took her further and further away from the sort of relationship she really had in mind. This time, when he got cranky with her, she realized that her feelings of hurt and anger were less strong than the little voice in her head that said, “F-ck it. I quit.”
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For a number of reasons, the woman still hasn’t quit in real life yet. But she knows she is through “compromising.”