Gavin sat fuming when he found out what his wife was doing behind his back. He could not have imagined that his wife of ten years would do this to him.
He had only heard rumors about what she was doing, but now Gavin was going to see for himself. He was going to follow her to see what exactly she had been up to.
Gavin didn’t have any reason to doubt his wife of ten years. Briana was his rock, and even though they had their ups and downs like all couples do, they would always find their way back to each other in the end.
But over the last few weeks, Gavin had noticed a significant change in Briana’s behavior.
Gavin and Briana Schafer had been together for eleven years. They first met in college and were friends first before they decided to start dating each other.
It was smooth sailing from then on, and Gavin knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Briana. That’s when he went shopping for a ring.
A Perfect Wedding
When he found the perfect ring, he planned a special proposal. Briana was very surprised and accepted the proposal immediately.
They set a wedding date and had a perfect wedding with all their family and friends present to witness the big event. But now, after ten years of marriage, Gavin felt like he was the only one in the relationship.
Briana had become very distant of late, and Gavin didn’t have time to spend with her because of work. He promised to make it up to her.
But it seemed like she wasn’t interested at all and had always made plans to see her friends. When Gavin eventually became available, Briana was not. She always had plans of her own.
But never in his mind did he think to be worried about her always being out. She was an extrovert, and he knew that about her when they were friends.
There weren’t any signs to suggest that she was cheating on him, and he wanted to trust his wife. But then, the messages from his friends started flooding in.
Gavin couldn’t keep up with the text messages he had received from his friends over the last few nights. It was all about Briana.
One friend said that she was being very flirty with another guy, while another friend said that she was sitting on some other guy’s lap. But Gavin didn’t worry so much. He knew his wife. Or did he?
But Briana was her usual loving self when she came home to Gavin. So he felt like he had nothing to worry about. She wasn’t showing any signs of cheating as far as he was concerned.
And every morning, as a treat, she would go get him coffee from his favorite coffee shop, which was a few blocks from where they lived. She was really showing her love to him.
The Real Reason
But Gavin didn’t know the real reason why Briana wanted to go to the coffee shop every morning. She would always come back with the coffee but then look at her phone for long periods of time.
Gavin had hoped that she would enjoy the coffee with him, but he would soon find out what was causing his wife to smile from ear to ear.
One day, curiosity got the better of Gavin. He decided to discreetly follow Briana after she left the house. He told himself it was just to satisfy his own peace of mind, to reassure himself that the rumors were baseless.
As he trailed behind her car, his heart raced, and his mind was flooded with a mixture of anxiety and anticipation. He couldn’t believe he was doing this, but he couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that something was off.
A Little Cafe
Gavin watched as Briana parked her car in front of a quaint little café he had never seen before. His heart sank as he saw her walk inside and engage in a lively conversation with a man he had never seen before.
They seemed comfortable with each other, and a knot formed in Gavin’s stomach.
He waited outside, hidden behind a newspaper stand, his mind racing with thoughts and emotions. Who was this man? What was going on? His world was spinning out of control.
Who was this guy that his wife was meeting every morning? Maybe it was a long-time friend or a colleague. Gavin didn’t know, but he wanted to stick around and find out.
Something Was Up
Time seemed to stretch on forever as Gavin waited, feeling a mixture of anger, confusion, and sadness. Finally, Briana and the man emerged from the café, their laughter ringing in Gavin’s ears. They exchanged a hug, and Gavin’s heart shattered into a million pieces.
A hug didn’t necessarily mean that she was cheating, but at the back of his mind, he knew that something was up.
His legs felt weak as he watched them part ways, and when Briana drove off, he knew he had to confront her. He couldn’t let this uncertainty fester any longer.
But what would he possibly say to her? He didn’t even know if she was cheating on him. He just saw her hug another man. It could mean a million things.
Gavin returned home, his mind a whirlwind of emotions. He paced the living room, replaying the scene over and over in his head. When Briana walked through the front door, he couldn’t contain himself any longer.
She was once again looking at her phone and had the biggest smile on her face. Gavin knew he had to ask her about her encounter with the other guy.
“What’s going on, Briana?” he demanded, his voice trembling with a mixture of anger and hurt.
Briana looked surprised, caught off guard by Gavin’s intensity. “What are you talking about?” she asked, feigning innocence.
“Don’t play games with me,” Gavin snapped. “I saw you at the café with that man. You hugged him. Who is he?”
I Deserve The Truth
Briana’s expression shifted from surprise to guilt, and she let out a sigh. “Gavin, it’s not what you think,” she began, but Gavin wasn’t willing to listen to excuses.
“I followed you because I couldn’t take the rumors anymore. I had several friends tell me that they have seen you with other guys. I deserve to know the truth,” he insisted, his voice quivering with emotion.
An Old Friend
Tears welled up in Briana’s eyes as she looked at her husband, the man she had loved for over a decade. “Okay, fine,” she relented. “His name is Derek, and he’s an old friend from college. We’ve been meeting up to catch up and talk about old times.”
Gavin’s anger began to subside, replaced by a mixture of relief and confusion. He wanted to believe her, but the doubt still lingered.
“Is that all it is?” Gavin asked, his voice softer now.
“Yes, Gavin,” Briana replied earnestly. “I should have told you, but I didn’t want you to get jealous or worried. It’s just innocent conversations, I promise.”
Gavin sighed, his shoulders slumping. He felt a weight lifting off his chest, but the wounds were still fresh. “You should have trusted me enough to tell me,” he said quietly.
Hurt Still Lingered
Over the next few weeks, Gavin and Briana tried to rebuild the trust that had been shaken. They attended couples therapy and spent more quality time together, hoping to mend the cracks in their relationship.
Gavin couldn’t deny the relief he felt knowing that Briana wasn’t cheating on him, but the hurt from the secrecy still lingered.
However, one thing continued to bother Gavin. Despite everything, he couldn’t shake the feeling that there was still something Briana wasn’t telling him. He couldn’t put his finger on it, but a nagging doubt remained.
He decided to be more observant, paying attention to Briana’s behavior and interactions, hoping to finally put his unease to rest.
More Than Meets The Eye
Days turned into weeks, and Gavin continued to watch Briana closely. He noticed that she still insisted on going to the coffee shop every morning, even though he had made it clear that he didn’t need coffee every day.
It seemed like a routine, but Gavin couldn’t help but wonder if there was more to it than met the eye.
Following Her Again
One morning, as Briana got ready to leave for her usual coffee run, Gavin’s curiosity got the better of him again. He decided to follow her discreetly, just like he had before.
He kept his distance, his heart pounding in his chest as he watched Briana drive to the coffee shop. But this time, instead of going inside, she parked nearby and entered a building Gavin hadn’t noticed before.
Gavin’s pulse quickened as he watched the door to the building swing closed behind Briana. He gave it a moment, then cautiously approached the building. Peering through a window, he was shocked to see a group of people gathered inside, listening intently to Briana, who was standing at the front of the room.
His confusion deepened as he tried to make sense of what he was witnessing.
Gavin continued to watch, his mind racing, as Briana spoke passionately to the group. He strained to hear her words, and as her voice carried through the window, he finally understood. She was leading a support group, a group for people struggling with various challenges in their lives.
His heart sank as he realized how wrong he had been, how he had misinterpreted her actions. He felt a deep sense of shame for doubting his wife and not trusting her.
Gavin retreated from the window, his emotions overwhelming him. He realized the extent of the damage his lack of trust had caused to their relationship. He had pushed Briana away when she needed him the most, all because of his own insecurities.
He knew he had to make things right, to apologize and show Briana that he was truly sorry. But was Briana actually being truthful to her husband?
Pouring Out Heart
That evening, Gavin sat Briana down and poured out his heart. He admitted his mistakes, his doubts, and his regret for not trusting her. Tears streamed down his face as he bared his soul to her, laying bare his insecurities and fears.
But just as Gavin was about to open his heart to his wife, her phone rang. When she looked at the screen, she immediately got up and walked away. Gavin was left with his mouth agape.
Gavin’s heart sank as Briana abruptly left the room to take the call. He felt a mix of frustration and confusion, wondering who could be calling at such a crucial moment.
As he sat there, his mind raced with thoughts. Was this another secret? Or another twist in the already tangled web of their relationship?
Gavin’s mind began to churn with doubts once again. The progress they had made in rebuilding trust now seemed fragile, hanging in the balance. He wrestled with his emotions, torn between giving Briana the benefit of the doubt and succumbing to his suspicions.
He desperately wanted to believe that everything was as innocent as it seemed, but the scars of recent events ran deep.
“Who was that on the phone?” he asked, his voice tinged with a hint of trepidation.
Briana sighed, her shoulders slumping as if she knew this moment was inevitable. “It was Derek,” she admitted, her eyes avoiding his gaze.
Gavin’s heart sank as his worst fears were seemingly confirmed. “Derek? The same guy you’ve been meeting at the café?” he asked, his voice a mixture of disbelief and frustration.
Briana nodded, her lips quivering as she tried to find the right words. “Yes. He’s been going through a really tough time lately, and he needed someone to talk to. I’ve been helping him as a friend.”
Gavin didn’t know what to say. Could he trust his wife?
Disclaimer: In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.