Here is the second attempt at my exercise in restraint where I try to write a story in one sitting and try not to edit much.
…and of course he realized a true existence only moments before his ended
Steve couldn’t help but become excited for what awaited him while passing under the sign signifying one-quarter mile until his highway exit. After slaving at an IT job for six years, which often kept him up at night in a frozen terror over his future if stuck at his low-level desk forever, he finally received a well deserved promotion. Steve couldn’t wait to arrive at home to tell his girlfriend, who he met around the same time he took on the slave IT job, and finally tear down the wall between them. While at first thinking the relationship with Amanda would be unlike the ongoing chain of relationships with girls/women who did nothing short of emasculating Steve to a point where his friends (who he was rarely permitted to see) would constantly make comments like, “bro, where does she keep your balls locked up?”, it became no different. It all began with bossy Jackie Jenkins in the fifth grade. An adolescent relationship which came to a tipping point when she approached him at the 1995 Valentines Day Mixer, while Steve stood in a circle of friends, and dumped him in a most humiliating public way, causing a ripple of emotional scarring which still pains him. Jackie Jenkins dumped him because she felt he didn’t put enough effort into the Valentines Day card which, unknown to Jackie, Steve spent two hours constructing with art&craft supplies stolen from class and finally finished after several rough drafts and false starts. Nowadays, Amanda tells Steve “he will marry her”, but not until he secures a better position at work to adequately support their future family at a standard of living high enough to satisfy Amanda and Amanda’s parents wishes/dreams for her since she was a small child. Steve probably could have gone on to a better position at a new company but he really isn’t one to take risks and never received permission from Amanda to even consider the thought. On today’s commute Steve couldn’t wait to drop the good news to her in the condo she made him buy. Amanda would of course be home, she works ten hours a week at an animal shelter just to put on airs that she is actually a good, caring person. Steve often comes home after a ten to twelve hour day at the office and if Amanda also “worked” that day she will have a headache and not even consider letting him have one of the four days a month where he’s allowed sex with her to happen on a day she “worked”.