Ingrid felt anything like going on a vacation, but she had bought her ticket over six months ago which was non refundable, and for a working girl like her, $2,650.00 was just too much to throw away, even if she did have a broken heart!!! That lying skunk, Chris, how could he have done this to her!!! She always had a feeling that he was a little bit on the shifty side, but when she found out that he was seeing two other girls on the side, well that was just too much!!! They had been planning this cruise for over a year when just by pure chance she saw Chris and a buxom blonde coming out of a Midtown hotel at two in the afternoon!!! Later that evening when she confronted him with her allegation, instead of denying it he laughed right in her face and practically bragged at how for all these months he had been playing her for a sucker!!! With her head spinning and the nausea rising in her throat, she managed to open the door and ordered him out of her apartment as well as the rest of her life!!!

Later that evening on the telephone........... "he's such a piece of shit, I don't know why I didn't see it before!!!" "Look, honey," her best friend Beth replied, "he's a man, they all cheat, and believe me, I should know, I've been lied to by every man I've ever gone out with!!!" "Me, too," Ingrid replied, "but I was hoping Chris would be different!!!" "Hah," Beth snorted, "they're all cut from the same bolt of bad cloth, and there's not a damn thing we can do about it, by the way, are you still going on your trip, I mean you and ass hole were going together, right!?!" "I've got to go," Ingrid replied, "I can't get a refund and I've already booked the time off at work, so I guess I'm stuck!!!" "Well, try to have a good time and forget that lousy hump, okay, you were too good for him anyway," Beth said kindly!!! "I'll try," Ingrid replied, "but I'm afraid my heart just isn't in it, so I'll seeya in a couple of weeks, babe, bye now!!!"

The purser unlocked the door to Ingrid's cabin with an electronic key and after placing her bags next to the bed said, "I hope this meets with your approval, Miss Engstrom, I believe that you will be having a bunk mate arriving shortly, I hope you have a nice cruise!!!" Upon hearing that she would be sharing her room, a stab of panic raced through her and she quickly said, "That's impossible, I mean I was supposed to share this cabin with my boy friend but he's not going on the cruise, so how could anyone be sharing my cabin, we've already paid for both berths!?!" The purser took out his registration sheet and after scanning it for several seconds replied, "My records show that a Mr.Christopher Hopkins traded his ticket in for another cruise and his place is being taken by a Miss Andersen!!!" Ingrid slumped onto the bed and mumbled, "That's just great, now I've gotta share my room with a stranger," and seconds later she fell into a deep sleep!!!"