Katy stood in silence on the phone with her sister as she confesses a long-kept secret that she wanted to keep buried. Then a voice behind her is suddenly heard, “I can still hear you.”
Katy turns to see her laptop still open, with her husband, Ricky, staring at her from their zoom call that’s still open. He didn’t understand, why keep something like this from him?
A Great Life
Katy Smith had a life that most people would be envious of. She had a great husband and two beautiful twins named Molly and Megan. They all lived in a dream house together.
Katy felt very blessed and didn’t think anything could ever go wrong in this wonderful life of hers. But she didn’t know that a few words would change her life forever.
Lucky To Have Him
Katy met her future husband 14 years ago and fell in love pretty much immediately. Ricky had everything that she desired in a man. He was caring and charming. She knew that she’d marry him.
Ricky luckily felt the same way and the two got engaged and married soon after. Katy felt that her life was almost complete. She wanted kids, then it would be perfect.
Katy and Ricky were keen to start a family and tried for a baby. After a few months of trying Katy was finally pregnant with not just one child but two!
The first moment she saw her daughters she knew they were the most important things in her life. She would do anything for these kids, even if it was something not many were prepared to do.
Being A Mother
Being a mother isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Most of the time you spend as a mother is a tired mess. But Katy would be there for everything they needed, no matter the cost.
Children can put pressure and tension on even the best relationships. There was something more to her marriage that no one could find out about.
Katy’s friends knew that she was a very devoted mother and would always try to do the best for her kids. She juggled work and being a mother because at the end of the day it was worth it.
But what her friends didn’t know was that this mother had a secret. She’d kept it for a long time and made sure to keep it that way. But sooner or later, people find out…
Working At Home
Nowadays, Katy was working from home couldn’t do anything about it. She was ordered to like everyone at her work.
She was stressed out having her work at home because she also had the stresses of planning the perfect birthday for her children whose 10th birthday was around the corner. But what she didn’t know was that her ordinary Monday morning was going to turn her life upside down.
And to make her even more stressed out, Ricky wasn’t around to help her in this difficult time. She needed him most now but that wasn’t going to happen.
Ricky was just on a business trip and was living somewhere else temporarily. This means that Katy had the twins all to herself. which could be very stressful.
A Normal Monday
It was an ordinary Monday morning while Katy was working from home. She got her kids to sit in front of their online classes and started a zoom call to talk to her husband that she missed. Then she started work.
Before her first meeting of the day, she didn’t think much of anything. It was just another drab Monday morning, right?
Calling Her Husband
Katy clocked off for lunch and called her husband during it. She started the zoom call after giving the twins their lunch for the day and making something for herself.
Seeing Ricky on the screen made her miss him so much more. She felt so close to him yet she was so far away. She didn’t know how things would change in an instant.
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.