Caught In The Act
Katy couldn’t keep it in any longer, she had to tell someone, and why not her sister. She could keep a secret, so she hesitated for a second before telling her something she’d kept hidden for 10 years. She felt the burden lift for a second before she heard a gruff voice behind her, “I can still hear you.”
She felt her blood run cold, she turned to see her husband Ricky staring at her from their zoom call, the one she had thought she had ended.
The Perfect Life
Katy Smith felt that she had it all. She had two beautiful twins named Molly and Megan and a charming husband named Ricky. They all lived in a cozy house and couldn’t be happier.
She felt that nothing was going very wrong in her life. But what would happen next would shatter her seemingly perfect life.
Katy Met Ricky 14 years ago and it was love at first sight. Ricky was the perfect husband, he had it all. He was handsome, charming, and kind. Katy knew he was the guy he would marry.
Soon enough the inevitable happened and the lovers got engaged and married. Katy knew she had everything she could have wanted in the world. But people do silly things, don’t they?
The natural thing that comes after marriage is children. And after a few months, the two started trying for a family. Soon enough Katy was pregnant with no one baby but twins!
When he had her children she fell in love with them instantly. They were her everything she could have ever hoped for and she would do anything for them, even if it was unthinkable.
Being A Mother
Motherhood wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Katy spent most of her time dealing with messes. This meant she was really tired while she was with her kids. But she had to be there for her kids all the time.
Having twins was definitely twice the effort for this first-time mom. But there was something more sinister lurking underneath the surface of Ricky and Katy’s relationship.
Everyone who knew Katy knew she was a doting mother who would do anything for her twins. She was dedicated to being the best mom she could and it certainly wasn’t easy, but she managed.
But none of her friends or family knew that she was actually hiding a secret. She’d been living a lie and wanted to make sure it stayed a secret. It had been kept hidden… until now.
Working At Home
Katy had recently started to work from home and was getting used to it. She had never had to use Zoom before and thought she was getting the hang of it.
It was soon going to be the 10th birthday, so you can imagine how stressed out she was. But she had never that her normal Monday morning could have ended so badly.
It had been bad luck, Katy’s husband was away on business. She really needed his help but wouldn’t get any from him due to his business priorities.
But since Ricky was away on important business she was left with the kids all on her own. Planning their birthday and looking after them while juggling her work made it far from easy.
A Normal Monday
Katy was working from home on a normal Monday morning. She felt that she was getting used to it quite well. She woke up her children early to get them ready for school and video called her husband to say hello. Afterward, she started her long 9-5 shift.
Before her first meeting of the day, she didn’t think the day could take such a turn. Things would soon shatter her world.
Lunchtime was coming around the corner and Katy clocked off to take her lunch break. She fed her twins and got ready for another Zoom call with her husband.
She had missed him so much. She looked at his handsome face on the screen, wishing he could be there for her, in person. But she had no idea what was about to happen.
A Call From Her Sister
Suddenly Katy’s phone rang. It was her sister Laura. “I’ve got to go,” she told Ricky through the computer, “it’s my sister,” Ricky responded with a smile and blew a kiss into the camera.
Katy grabbed the air kiss and held it to her heart. She waved goodbye, picked up the phone call, and then logged off from zoom. Or so she thought.
Katy and her sister Laura were very close. With only two years’ difference in age, the two women were inseparable in both childhood and adulthood.
They shared everything with each other. The sisters were best friends, and they knew all of each other’s secrets. Laura even knew Katy’s secret — the one that Laura swore would stay hidden.
The two sisters spoke on the phone, discussing last night’s TV show that they were both hooked on. Soon after, they discussed the twins’ birthday, with Laura confirming that she’ll be attending their virtual party.
But then, the casual conversation led to something a little more sinister.
You’ve Got To Come Clean
“With the twins turning 10, you’ve got to come clean,” her sister said. “You have to tell him,” she told Katy.
Katy could feel fear wash over her. “It would devastate him though”, she said. Then, a voice from behind said, “I can still hear you.”
He Heard Everything
Katy stands frozen in her tracks. Her sister was calling out for her on the phone, but Katy was silent. She could feel her heartbeat in her throat as she realized that Ricky was still on the zoom call. And he had heard everything.
Had she just exposed the very secret she swore would stay hidden?
Confusion And Anger
Katy turned around and saw Ricky was indeed still on the zoom call. His face on the computer screen was filled with confusion and sadness.
Katy felt sick to her stomach. She had well and truly officially been caught out.
You see, 10 years ago Katy had an affair with an ex-boyfriend. It was a mistake, and something Katy regretted still to this day.
She never told Ricky, but a month after her indiscretion, she became pregnant.
A Secret DNA Test
Katy had a gut feeling that her ex was the father and not Ricky, but she couldn’t tell him. It would destroy him. Instead, she confided in her sister Laura and the two were sworn to secrecy.
When the twins were born, Katy did a DNA using the twins’ and Rick’s DNA. She did the test behind Ricky’s back, and the results turned her world upside down.
Only Herself To Blame
As expected Ricky wasn’t the father of the twins, which tore Katy’s world in two. She knew it was her own fault and she only had herself to blame, but she could never tell Ricky.
She insisted that she and Laura were never to speak of it or mention it again. She tried her hardest to bury the secret, but some secrets just won’t stay buried.
He’s Not The Father
While on the phone with her sister Laura, Katy spoke the very words any man would never want to hear. “He’s not the father,” After Katy got caught out, Ricky hung up on her just as she was about to explain everything. She felt tears well up in her eyes.
With Ricky quarantining in another house, and their two kids in the house, how would she explain herself? She rang and rang his cellphone but he didn’t pick up. Maybe he just needed time to cool off? Katy thought. Surely things couldn’t get any worse? But she was so wrong.
Vanished Into Thin Air
The day after Katy had not heard a peep from Ricky. It was as if he had vanished into thin air. He didn’t even call to say goodnight to the twins before bed.
Then, just as Katy was about to run the twins a bath she received a message on her cellphone. It was from Ricky, and what he said left her lost for words.
Of course, Ricky was devastated. After the initial shock, he had thought very carefully about how to proceed now that he knew that his wife had been unfaithful.
He couldn’t believe that she had kept the truth from him for so long. In the end, he knew he just couldn’t bear to be with her anymore.
Four Words Later
“I want a divorce.” Ricky wrote. As soon as she read those words, Katy felt her heart shatter in two. She sank to the floor, gripping her phone, knowing she only had herself to blame.
And so, despite a worldwide pandemic, Ricky was quick with his actions, and the following week Katy received the divorce papers.
A Ten-Year-Old Lie
Katy had held onto the massive lie for ten years. In a way, she almost felt relieved that it was finally out in the open. She’d been living in fear throughout her children’s formative years.
Naturally, she didn’t get a cent in the divorce settlement. But Ricky loved his daughters and promised to continue to provide for them. He even set up a trust fund so that they could go to college when the time came.