DEAR ABBY: I am an independent VIP escort -- 48 years old, although I look 10 years younger than my age. I have grown kids who don't know what I do.
One of my clients, a married doctor, was very kind to me. He confided that he and his wife hadn't made love in 10 years and were only living parallel lives. We enjoyed each other so much we started having dinner dates. When I told him I wanted to get out of the business, he offered to help.
He leased a beautiful apartment for me not far from his office and gave me a small job I could do from home until I found work. I then saw him exclusively. We discussed marriage, and I never really looked for work, assuming that we would be together.
After four months, I convinced him to call his wife and tell her about our relationship, figuring she would be so angry she'd divorce him. Now he says he won't support me anymore and won't see me, either. They are in counseling! I want to contact him. I know he wants me because we were so good together. But I'm afraid of rejection. What should I do? -- CAST AWAY IN PATERSON, N.J.
DEAR CAST AWAY: I have a short "to-do" list for you:
1. Wake up and smell the coffee. The doctor has made his choice, and it's not you.
2. Find a legitimate job so you won't have to hide from your kids, because, Sister, you're on your own.