Chapter 5

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“I need to see you.”
“Either you need to see me, or you want to sign up for further sessions. It's one or the other, Lukas.”
He rolls his eyes. “I want to sign up for further sessions.” He says through clenched teeth.
“What's happened?”
“More of the same.”
“The ex?”
“About money?”
“Essentially yes. Wants full disclosure.”
“Is that a problem?”
“Can you come in the morning, at eleven?”
“You booked up now?”
“It's nine pm, Lukas, and you have been drinking.”
“What are you, a clairvoyant?” Lukas chuckles to himself.
“I hate that term, Lukas. Please don't use it. It's demeaning. I can hear the alcohol in your voice.”

He orders more beer, opens the solicitor’s letter and searches the letter head for an email address. Despite wearing readers he squints and moves the letter closer and further away until he can decipher the address, blaming the elegant font it is written in.
Quarter of an hour later he sends the second email of the evening, apologising that the correspondence is in electronic form, something about his printer and an assurance that the offer below would be sent as hard copy through the post as soon as possible. He mentions that he has spoken to his ex-wife to be, but that she seemed confused about his motive in offering such a large buy-out sum. Essentially, he assures the solicitor, he would want the divorce and the settlement, now that it seems to be inevitable due to her irreconcilability, to be amicable and swift, with the least hassle and aggravation to everyone involved, especially their children. He makes it clear that it was not him who wants the separation, that to him it came as a shock and a surprise, that he had not digested the situation at all. And that he still loves Liz, which in a weird way is true, and would only want the best for her. He therefore wants to offer the full value of the house, rather than fifty percent, plus eight hundred pounds alimony monthly each for Pavel and Lilian. He explains briefly that his parents have lent him the money, they were as shocked as him at the breakup and wanted neither him, Lukas, to have to lose his home, nor did they want their grandchildren to go without a proper education. He briefly outlines his father’s career as one of Europe’s most highly acclaimed contemporary philosophers and writers on World War Two and the Holocaust. Lastly he states that he believes his offer to be reasonable, if not generous, and that he does not want to take further financial advantage of his father’s generosity.
He pleads with the solicitor to make his offer palatable to his ex-wife to be, as, for the sake of repeating himself, he wants this settled without any further upset.
Lukas sends the mail, sits back, exhales and orders another pint.

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