Melinda found two plane tickets with her husband’s name in her husband’s briefcase. The other one was for an unknown woman. It made her suspicious for her first marriage. When she reached their destination, she didn’t know what she was in for.
“I’m so sorry, sweetheart. I know I promised that this weekend would be solely for us, but I have to leave again. It was completely unexpected. I couldn’t say no to my boss,”David said this to Melinda on Friday night when he returned home. As Melinda sat down in the kitchen, her shoulders were a sore reminder of her defeat.
She was excited about their plans to walk along the Westport beach, Washington. This was especially since her husband travels so frequently for work. He was missed by her so much, but she needed to get to know him. She also had a steady job that didn’t involve any trips to work.
Melinda looked through her bag and saw something she didn’t expect.Source: Pexels | Source: Pexels
“It’s okay, darling. Next time, I guess,”She said, and walked towards him to kiss him.
David reached for her arms and urged her to stop. Melinda finally shouted. “TELL ME THE TRUTH RIGHT HERE AND NOW!”
“I’m going to pack my bag and briefcase for tomorrow,”David replied, and returned the kiss.
“You want me to do that?”
“No, I can do it. You’ve already worked so much making our dinner. It smells wonderful, by the way. I’m going to pack, take a shower, and we can eat and talk. Alright?”He said it and walked to their bedroom.
Melinda agreed. Melinda agreed. Her food was delicious and they had a good time. Although she was disappointed, there wasn’t much they could do.
She heard the start of the shower in the toilet and decided to check the contents of her boyfriend’s briefcase. He had a tendency to forget things. She checked that his wallet was in her bag and then rearranged the contents of her briefcase. This is when she noticed something.
A plane ticket was peeking out from the side pocket. It was in the side pocket. She reached for it to cover his other things. But to her shock, it contained two tickets. One was his name: David Sherburne. The other had a woman’s name.
Melinda stopped moving as she held the tickets in one hand and felt all sorts of emotions. She looked further to see that the tickets were to Miami, Florida.
What type of business did David own in Miami? Who was this woman? He was usually alone when he traveled, or at least that’s what he told her. Why were there two tickets? He lied to her. The worst question she had in her head was: Was he cheating?
She heard the shower shut off and then it unfroze. She returned to her kitchen and behaved as if nothing had ever happened.Source: Pexels | Source: Pexels
Melinda was frozen from her spot when suddenly the shower stopped in the toilet. She returned the tickets to the place she had found them in her briefcase, and left the bedroom. She acted as if nothing had happened, but her thoughts were changing when her husband arrived for dinner. She needed to take action. But what?
Sunday morning, Miami, Florida
Melinda arrived in Miami without knowing what her plans were. David left on Saturday morning. Melinda spent the day debating the situation. Finally, she searched through his Google history and email – she knew it was wrong to spy on him, but she was desperate – and discovered that he had booked a room at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Her suspicions were worsening. David could be lying to her; he may have been cheating from the beginning. It is possible that his business trips were a ruse.
“No, I can’t think like that,”She told herself that she was lying, but she booked a flight to Miami and reserved a room in the same hotel. She hoped to meet David there. She needed to see for herself the truth.
She checked in quickly after the taxi dropped her off at the hotel. She had no idea what room David had been given, but she decided to visit the pool area and possibly walk around the beach, hoping to catch him in the act – so to speak.
She arrived in Miami, searched for David at his hotel and on the beach. | Source: Pexels
After several hours, she still hadn’t seen him and he was losing hope. “Maybe I should return and wait for him there. I should’ve asked him last Friday night,”As she walked slowly from the beach to her hotel, she thought quietly. She suddenly saw David and, just as she imagined, a woman was holding his arm.
Melinda was wrong. The woman had to have been 80 years or older. David was cheating on her with an elderly woman. It didn’t make any sense. David’s mother was buried many years ago. The older woman could have been another relative.
She knew she had to, so she increased her speed and caught up with them. David’s forehead furrows and almost jumps when he sees her.
“David! What is the meaning of this? What kind of business trip are you having? Who is this woman?”She began, becoming more and more excited as more questions came out.
David grabbed Melinda’s arms and urged her to calm down. Melinda finally shouted. “TELL ME THE TRUTH RIGHT HERE AND NOW!”
“This is Brandon’s mother!”Before she could scream anymore, he blurted out quickly.
“Brandon’s mother?”Melinda inquired, her hysteria completely subsided. Brandon was David’s best buddy since childhood. Before Melinda and David met, he died in an accident many years ago. He was so important to her, she knew.
Although her hysteria subsided as soon as David mentioned Brandon to her, his lies didn’t make any sense. Source: Unsplash | Source: Unsplash
“Yes, Melinda, this is Annamarie,”David introduced Melinda and Melinda to the elderly woman.
“It’s nice to meet you, dear,” Annamarie smiled quizzically.
“You too, ma’am. I’m so sorry about my earlier outburst,” Melinda added, embarrassed.
“Oh, don’t be ashamed. It seems that David here has either lied or not been completely truthful. I’m going back to the room, so you two can talk,” Annamarie suggested. She patted David’s elbow while shaking her head and then she walked off.
David was the one who explained everything to them when they were all alone. Brandon’s final days, he promised that he would take care of his mother. This he did for many years. Annamarie, who had been suffering from health problems lately, had always longed to see Miami firsthand. David bought the tickets impulsively, but he wasn’t sure Melinda would be able to understand.
“Why didn’t you trust me?”She wondered, her eyes revealing how hurt she felt at the lie.
“You’ve been begging me for a weekend for just us, and I just bought the tickets without thinking. I felt bad. I thought you would be mad, so I said it was a work trip because you never complain in those cases,”David explained but his shoulders shrugged knowing how stupid his reasoning was.
David apologized and promised Melinda that he would never lie again. Source: Unsplash | Source: Unsplash
“I would’ve understood. Hell, I could’ve come with you guys,”Melinda added, her arms waving wildly around her, outside a beautiful hotel along the coast on one of the most beautiful beaches of the world. “This place is amazing. I would’ve loved to meet Annamarie under better circumstances. I know what Brandon meant to you. Why didn’t you ever tell me about her?”
“I honestly don’t know,”His shoulders were still sagging, he said.
“Okay, so we have to work on our communication, and I think couple’s therapy is our solution. But I’m going to let this issue go for now. I don’t want to spoil this trip for Annamarie, or you, for that matter. Can I stay?”She looked at her husband through her eyes, and asked him what he was thinking.
“Really? You want to stay and have fun? The three of us?”David smiled, and he replied. “Thank you! Thank you, sweetheart! And I’m SO sorry. I promise to work on our communication. I will NEVER ever lie to you again, not even by omission.”
“Alright,”Melinda took a deep inhale and responded. He was led toward the hotel by her, as she grabbed his arm. “Let’s go find Annamarie.”
They met the older woman at the bar of the hotel and decided to go sightseeing. They had an amazing time and returned to Westport the next day.
They worked together to resolve their communication problems and their relationship became stronger.Source: Unsplash | Source: Unsplash
David finally asked Melinda about her trip. She replied with dismay that she hadn’t seen the tickets or checked his email. He took it all in stride, and was grateful for the opportunity.
David and Melinda went to therapy. He never broke his promise. Melinda often invited Annamarie over to their home, and she wept horribly when the elderly woman passed away a few months later.
“No matter what happened before, I’m so glad you took her to Miami,”She told David the following day. David nodded only with watery eyes, and hugged his wife tight.
What can we take away from this story?
- Communication is key to a healthy relationship.To make things work, every couple must improve their communication skills. Therapy was a great help for Melinda & David.
- It is best to not jump to conclusions before you discover the truth. After booking the plane tickets Melinda was afraid for David and took extreme measures. She should have asked him and given him the chance to tell her.
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