Jenna knew the TV News misreported the cause of death. It was not due to injuries from a crash, it was due to divorce. Michael started dying the moment it became final.
That’s what his note said the day after he signed the papers, “I’m dying. I can’t bear to be apart. Please, take me back.” Michael was oblivious to Jenna’s reasons for leaving him. He always tried to predict her every desire. She didn’t even have to think. Whatever was best for her, Michael anticipated and provided.
Jenna did not take him back. Still, due to a little insecurity on her part and Michael’s incessant pleading, she agreed to be his friend. Immediately, Michael showered her with gifts, flowers, and daily letters describing his infinite love. He insisted on helping her move. He decorated her new apartment, then, weekly stocked her refrigerator with all her favorite goodies. He even gave her money when she was short, which was actually quite often due to Jenna’s sophisticated tastes.
Though Jenna appreciated some of Michael’s attentions, she resented his constant presence. “You’re so lucky. You’ve got the perfect ex and you don’t even know it,” her friends would often say. This made her resent him even more. She started experiencing the exact feelings she had when she wanted to divorce him. Once again, she wanted to extricate him from her life.
Gradually, Jenna’s determination to stay divorced became more and more evident and Michael began to lose enthusiasm in trying to win her back. One day at work, he was introduced to a woman who seemed lost in life. She was new to town and to her job. Her divorce had just finalized and Michael felt obliged to help her. The woman was grateful for Michael’s suffocating thoughtfulness. He recalled how Jenna was grateful too before she married him.
When Jenna had to do her own food shopping, she was surprised at Michael’s negligence, and disturbed at the high price of groceries. But, she felt certain Michael’s old ways would soon resume.
They did not. And Jenna experienced a most uncomfortable feeling. She missed Michael dreadfully – she was accustomed to all he had to give. Maybe he was the perfect ex after all.
But, wisely realizing that nobody’s perfect, and consoling herself by knowing that Michael would give to no one else, Jenna artfully and secretly sabotaged the brakes in his car.