The humiliation of Jake Shapiro…Breakup to follow..

Alan J. Schwarz
11 min readFeb 8, 2021

Everything in Jake Shapiro’s world had gone completely to shit. He was feeling depressed over the fact that a project he had been involved in for six months with two other people had come to an abrupt end. He discovered unfortunately too late that the lead guy on the project was full of crap and the other guy he was working with didn’t have a whole lot to contribute when it counted. It was so frustrating because the project they were working on was solid, and now it would sit on a shelf until it could be restarted. It was troubling that he had so much faith in the people he was working with and he had not only been disappointed but he felt slammed to the ground.

Once he had his strength back, Jake would try to resurrect the project, but at the moment things looked very glum. Looking for new partners who had the right Bona Fides was going to be challenging. His bank account was quickly being depleted and the threat of Covid-19 didn’t allow him to get out as easily he would have liked. He went to the grocery stores and walked his dog but that was the extent of his involvement with the outside world. He did have zoom meetings and he attended webinars, but it wasn’t the same as live interactions.

Jake had been going out with Leah Daniels for about five years. He had met Leah after her divorce and they shared many good times, but Covid had slowed their relationship down. They didn’t have the physical contact that was so important between two people. They talked constantly via Facetime, but without the human touch, it was difficult. The other problem was she lived about an hour away, so getting together wasn’t as easy as he would have liked. He had proposed they live together during the pandemic, but she had declined. She had a seven thousand five hundred square foot house, but said she didn’t want her young daughter to see them living together without being married. She said it could have a ‘’corroding’’ influence on her, whatever that meant. Her final thoughts on the subject was they had a great relationship, why chance ruining it during the pandemic, after all familiarity could result in contempt. Once they could lead normal lives, they would revisit living together.

Jake decided to check his emails and social media. It turned out to be a huge mistake. He had posted an article on Facebook…

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Alan J. Schwarz

Alan Schwarz loves life. He is the founder of JAMS Productions, a television production company based in Toronto . His passion is writing.