I could give you the mitigating factors, but why take the sting out of it? Why not just go all the damned way for it?
Here it is:
I have been flirting with, carrying on a pre-affair...
with a married man.
Yes, me. Nina alone-a-lot. Nina judgmental and prudish. Nina never does anything racy or dangerous (unless you count sporting activities), has been engaged in conversation way too personal and way too friendly with a person of the opposite sex who is currently married.
Does it count that his marriage is circling the drain? Does it count that he is, uh separated? Does it help matters at all that his wife is already seeing someone else? Do I feel any better about the fact that aside from talking to him on the phone, nothing has "happened" between us?
I am going to go hold my body parts over lit candles now, just so I can be sure I know what hell is like.
*update: I am not having an affair with a married man. Everyone calm down. This is a friend thing. He just happens to be a going through a tough divorce and we talk. Mostly about how he is getting divorced and how much it sucks. So calm down, ok? *
See you tomorrow. That is unless I get hit by a truck and then go to the hot and fiery place.