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Hall Pass: Church Retreat

She needed to get away from it all for a while. What better place than a church retreat in the mountains?

Alexander Martin
Take My Wife — Please!
18 min readJun 9, 2024


Author’s Note: This is part of the Hall Pass Series. While it could be read alone, the last part will be better understood after reading the past stories.

Hall Pass

5 stories

Jack rolled off me, sighed, and finished using me as he usually did.

Two minutes later, he was snoring.

I lay in bed staring at the ceiling in the darkness of our bedroom. I often felt like this at night, wondering where my life was going and how it had come to this. I knew I didn’t have it terrible, but I felt it could be a lot better than this.

Jack has been my husband for almost twenty years now. We were high school sweethearts. We were both goths who hung out in the back of the school. We smoked and drank while the others went to classes and became model members of society.

Back then, I had long black hair, which, of course, I dyed. Jack was like me, thin and pale. I looked at the…