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It started off with her snooping around my Instagram feed. Yeah, I wasn’t dumb – I could figure out that she’d viewed a couple of my stories.
A part of me panicked, the other part wanted to warn him. And yet – another part felt smug about it.
Yeah, I stole your man. Well at least the part of him that wasn’t yours – that could never be yours because it was mine.
I know I sound crazy. But if you’ve ever loved two people at the same time you will understand what I mean.
Then to my horror, I saw her at this coffee shop one day out of the blue. I used to go there every weekend in the morning for my daily fix of cappuccino and there she was. I’d never seen her there before. The shop was at least 8 miles away from where she lived so I had a bad feeling about this. Luckily I spotted her right when I was entering the shop. I did a quick U turn and left.
I thought a lot and then I called his office from a pay phone.
There was silence and then ‘Sadie. We agreed not to..’
I interrupted him. ‘She was at the coffee shop. She knows, doesn’t she?’
‘Let’s meet. 6 o’clock.’
I put the phone down and sighed. This was bad.
‘She doesn’t know much. She found your picture – asked me about it.’ He looked tired, like he hadn’t slept.
‘Picture?’ Didn’t we have a no photo policy?
‘Yeah, I know but I’d kept one of your photos…just a random one nothing shady on my phone and she was snooping and she came across it. Asked me a ton of questions. I told her we were friends, we had met at a few social events a couple of years ago and that’s it.’
I asked him for the photo and sighed. He’d downloaded one from my Facebook where I was sitting in the same God – Damn coffee shop. Goodbye Jenna’s Coffee Shop – I’d have to find a new place.
He took my face in his hands and kissed my forehead. ‘Don’t worry. I won’t ever let anything happen to you. You are safe. Things between us are rocky and that’s why she’s getting paranoid.’
I looked at him. ‘Ted. Are there any others?’
He looked at me and then looked away, his face impassive. ‘Do you really want to know?’
That night we made love for the last time. He knew it. I knew it. We just didn’t acknowledge it.
I was a fool. In the end…to him, I was just another woman in his list of conquests. I didn’t need any answers. I knew him well enough and I’d had my doubts in the past. I was a fool to feel hurt about it.
My phone buzzed. It was my first text message from him since we’d started our affair.
‘You were special. You meant something. You weren’t just anybody for me. Maybe we will cross paths someday down the line. In a way I loved you. You were more than just the other woman, that’s what you like calling yourself. You are much more.’
I smiled a tearful smile and drove away.