Melinda became suspicious for the first time during their marriage when she discovered two plane tickets in her husband’s briefcase—one in his name and the other in the name of an unidentified woman.
However, she was unprepared for what transpired when she reached her destination. “I’m so sorry, sweetheart.I must go back, even though I promised this weekend would be all about us.It came as a complete surprise.
David told Melinda as he drove up to her house on Friday night, “I couldn’t say no to my boss.”Melinda sits in the kitchen and, dejected, shrugs her shoulders.
She had a strong desire to stroll along their town’s beach, primarily because her husband traveled frequently for work.She should recognize how much she longed for him.
She also had a job, but it was much more stable and she didn’t go on business trips.”It’s fine, sweetheart.She responds, “Next time, I guess,” rising to kiss him.
David replied to her kiss by declaring, “I’m going to pack my bag and briefcase for tomorrow.” “No, I can do it.” “Do you want me to do it?”Our dinner has already been thoroughly prepared by you.
Additionally, it has a wonderful scent.After I finish packing and take a shower, we can eat and talk.Okay?» —He says that and walks toward their room.Melinda concurred.
They could still have a good time at the meal, and her dish smelled really good.She was disheartened, yet there was nothing they could do.
She made the decision to check his briefcase when she heard the bathroom’s shower start up because he always forgot things.She moved the rest of the suitcase’s contents after making sure his wallet was still in place.
At that precise instant, something piqued her interest.The side pocket contained a plane ticket.She took it out to put it on top of the rest of his belongings to keep it from getting lost, but she was surprised to find two tickets inside.
One of them bore his name:The other was signed David Sherburne, and the woman’s name was on it:Samantha Simmons Melinda was overcome with a wide range of emotions as she froze holding the sheet.
She continued to read, and she realized that the tickets were for Miami, Florida.In Miami, what kind of business did David run?Who was the lady?He always told her that he traveled alone most of the time.Why did two tickets exist?
Why did he tell her lies?However, the most terrifying query on her mind was:Was he with her in secret?
Melinda got up from her seat as the bathroom shower abruptly stopped.
She left the room after returning the tickets to their places in his briefcase.She acted as though nothing had happened when her husband arrived at dinner, but a variety of thoughts ran through her mind.
She had no choice but to act.However, what might she do? Melinda is unsure of her strategy when she arrives in Miami.She pondered the situation throughout the day after David left early on Saturday.
She finally found out that he had booked a room at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel by looking through his Google history and emails. She knew it was wrong to spy on him, but she was desperate.Her suspicions grew stronger.
She might have been deceived by David;Perhaps he had already been doing it.Could it be that his business trips had been just a ruse all along?
She told herself, “No, I can’t think like that,” but she booked a flight to Miami, a room at the same hotel, and hoped to meet David there.She needed to see for herself the truth.
She checked in as soon as she could after the taxi dropped her off at the hotel.She decides to go to the pool and possibly walk on the beach in the hopes of catching David, so to speak, at the scene of the crime.
She is unaware of the hotel room David has been assigned. Following a couple of hours she actually hadn’t tracked down him, and she was starting to lose trust. «I might want to return and wait for him there.
As she walked from the beach to the hotel, she quietly considered, “I should have asked him last Friday night.”But then she saw David and assumed that a woman was embracing him.
Melinda had no idea what was going to happen, however.The woman must have been at least 80 years old.Had David had an affair with a more senior woman?That makes no sense.
She needs to know because David’s mother had passed away years earlier, and this older woman could be another relative, right?
In any case, she quickens her stride and catches up with them.When David sees her, he raises his eyebrows in a frown and his eyes widen in surprise.
«David!What exactly does this mean?What kind of trip are you taking for work?Who exactly is this woman?She starts out laughing more and more as the questions come out.
David grabs her by the hands and tells her to calm down and let him explain as the other guests at the hotel look at them.However, Melinda finally yells:Tell me the truth immediately!»”It’s Brandon’s mom!”
“Before she could continue to scream, he mouthed quickly. What is Brandon’s mother?Melinda asked, her hysteria dissipating completely.Since David was young, Brandon had been David’s best friend.
Melinda and David first met when he passed away in a terrible accident a few years earlier.However, she was aware of his significance to him.
Melinda wiped her sweaty hands to shake the older woman’s hand after David introduced her to her. “Yes, Melinda, this is Annamarie,” David said.Annamarie said with a surprise smile, “It is a pleasure to meet you, my dear.”
“I am also, madam.Melinda added, “I’m very sorry for my outburst,” feeling embarrassed.Oh, don’t be embarrassed.David appears to have lied or been dishonest.
Annamarie makes the offer, “I’ll go back to the room so you two can talk.”She shakes her head and pats David on the arm before walking away. David explains everything to them alone.
He made a promise to care for his mother before he died, and he has done so for many years.However, Annamarie has recently experienced health issues, and it appears that she has always desired to visit Miami for herself.
David bought the tickets without thinking because he didn’t think Melinda would understand. “Why didn’t you believe me?”She asks him, her eyes revealing how the lie has hurt her.
«You begged me to spend the weekend just with you, so I bought the tickets right away.I felt awful.David explained, “I thought you would get angry, so I said it was a business trip because you never complain on such occasions.”
She shrugged when she realized how unconvincing her arguments appeared.”I would have comprehended.Melinda added, gesturing with her hands in front of the entrance to a beautiful hotel on one of the world’s most stunning beaches.
“Hell, I could have gone with you,” she said.Amazing is this location.I wish I had met Annamarie in more favorable circumstances.I am aware of how much Brandon meant to you.Why didn’t you tell me about her earlier?
He went on, “Honestly, I don’t know,” with his shoulders still sagging.”Okay, we need to improve our communication skills, and I believe that couples therapy is the answer.But for the time being, I’ll put off the issue.
I don’t want Annamarie’s or your trip’s enjoyment to be jeopardized.Can I remain?»She asks, peering through her lashes at her husband.«Really?
Do you intend to remain and have fun?Each of us three?» —David responds with a grin on his face.I’m grateful!I appreciate it, my dear!Also, I’m so sorry.I swear to improve our communication.
I will never tell you another lie, even if I am ignorant.»Melinda replied, “Okay,” and exhaled deeply.She pulled him toward the hotel after she grabbed his arm.Let’s search for Annamarie.»
They decided to go sightseeing after finding an elderly woman at the hotel bar.They had a great time, and on Tuesday, they went back to Westport.
David finally asked Melinda when they got home how she found out about the trip, and she saddenedly said that she had looked at the email and seen the tickets.Fortunately, he took control of the situation.
The couple went through therapy, and David kept his word.Melinda frequently invited Annamarie to her home, and when the elderly lady passed away a few months later, she broke down in tears.
After the funeral, she tells David, “I’m so glad you took her to Miami, whatever happened before.”David just gives a tearful nod and gives his wife a big hug.