A Tiny Mistake
The woman was mortified. She had worked so hard to keep her secret hidden. Nobody knew, nobody could even tell. Now, this one silly mistake left her feeling exposed.
She felt as though she was naked. She could feel her face burning with embarrassment. She quickly jumped up and ran away so he wouldn’t see her. Would he still want her after this?
Jacob and Kiara Patterson had just embarked on the exciting journey of marriage. After two blissful years of dating, Jacob finally mustered the courage to pop the question, sealing their love in a beautiful ceremony held at a grand hall.
The celebration was a reflection of their joyous union, and everyone remarked on the radiant smiles that adorned their faces. They looked beautiful together.
Just Like Me
28-year-old Kiara had embarked on her marital journey with great joy and excitement. The memory of her beautiful wedding in Tampa Florida still lingered in her mind, filling her heart with warmth.
At first, their marriage seemed like a dream come true—a blissful union between two souls deeply in love. But Kiara had a secret that she was keeping from her new love.
A Lucky Man
As the newlyweds settled into married life, Jacob began to notice peculiarities about his beloved Kiara. Mornings would greet him with her looking effortlessly fresh and perfect as if she had just stepped out of a magazine photoshoot.
30-year-old Jacob couldn’t help but wonder if she truly looked that way when she woke up. But he knew it wasn’t polite to question her about her looks. He didn’t want to offend her.
If Looks Could Be Deceiving
Curiosity got the better of him, and one morning, he mustered the courage to ask. “Do you always look this stunning when you wake up?” Jacob inquired, his eyes filled with both awe and bewilderment.
Kiara’s face brightened with a mischievous smile, her eyes twinkling with secrets. “Some mysteries are better left unsolved, my dear,” she replied playfully, leaving Jacob both intrigued and amused.
Beauty Is Pain
Days turned into weeks, and Jacob’s curiosity only grew. He couldn’t help but notice that Kiara spent an extraordinary amount of time in the bathroom, often emerging looking even more radiant than before.
Her beauty regime seemed to become increasingly strenuous, and Jacob wondered what lay behind her relentless pursuit of perfection. She would wake up extra early before he did, so he would never see her sleeping.
Not Up To It
As a new couple, Jacob wanted to try different activities with his new wife. But she was very picky about the places they went to.
The couple’s love for the outdoors brought forth another mystery. Despite their proximity to the beach and the warm summer days beckoning them, Kiara always seemed hesitant to go swimming or enjoy the seaside. Jacob wondered if she really did know how to swim.
It’s About Time
They had been married for over 6 months now, and he started to notice a pattern in Kiara’s daily routine. She was quite on schedule with chores and cooking, but she usually worked around him.
Jacob found this odd, as he cherished those carefree moments spent under the sun and by the lapping waves. Yet, Kiara always had an excuse ready, diverting his attention to other activities.
Too Busy To Notice
Jacob worked shifts at a power plant. He was usually dayshift for a week and night shift for another week. It took its toll on his body.
He was often sick, tired, and visiting the doctor, so he didn’t have any time to check up on what his wife was doing when he wasn’t at home. He didn’t know how busy she really was.
Then, on a fateful day, a harmless accident occurred. While lying in bed together, Jacob accidentally spilled fresh lemonade on Kiara.
At that moment, he saw something he could not comprehend—a patch of her skin turned stark white. It happened so suddenly but it was clear as day.
In an instant, her perfect skin turned an unnatural white hue. Panic overwhelmed Jacob as he believed he had unintentionally harmed his beloved wife or exposed an unknown sensitivity.
Was she allergic to the lemon? How could he have been so clumsy? “She must think I’m such a fool,” he mumbled to himself as he tried to clean up the bed.
A Big Shock
Jacob didn’t notice that Kiara quickly covered her arm with a towel. “Oh my!” she said. She wrapped the towel around her arm.
Kiara looked at Jacob, hoping he didn’t see anything. In the rush of the situation, he didn’t seem to take notice. But she wasn’t sure. Did he discover her well-kept secret?
Panic seized him as he believed he had harmed her, causing her pain beyond measure. Kiara’s face was stricken with fear.
She reacted swiftly. Jumping out of bed, she rushed to the bathroom, her expression a mixture of surprise and concern.
The door closed behind her, leaving Jacob alone with his guilt and confusion. His mind raced, desperately searching for answers to the enigma that surrounded Kiara.
A Long Time
Hours turned into an agonizing wait, with Jacob’s heart heavy with worry. Finally, Kiara emerged from the bathroom, her smile gentle yet tinged with a trace of sadness.
Sensing her unease, Jacob approached her cautiously. Would she receive him or continue hiding? He wanted her to open up to him. How could she get her to see that she could trust him?
A Sorry Husband
Jacob approached his wife and put his arms around her, “I’m sorry I’m so clumsy, I’m still tired from last night’s shift.” He held her hands in his, this time, she didn’t pull away.
“I’m so sorry, Kiara. I didn’t mean to hurt you,” he pleaded, his voice filled with remorse. Would she forgive him and share the secrets of her past with him?
Kiara took a deep breath and pulled her hand away from his. She reached out and gently touched his face, her eyes shimmering with a mix of affection and secrets.
“It’s not your fault, Jacob. There are things about me that I haven’t shared with you, but I promise you, my love for you is real.” She tried to convince him to trust her choice.
Give And Take
A rush of emotions coursed through Jacob, but he knew that trust and understanding were the foundations of their relationship. “I’m sorry if I made you feel uncomfortable, I just want to get to know the real you,” he said sincerely.
He stared into his wife’s eyes with love and compassion, but he had no idea what dark secret she was harboring. In the end, he’d wish he’d known.
Jacob always had his suspicions about his new wife. He loved her more than anything, so it broke his heart that she was hiding something from him.
He knew that he wouldn’t be able to force the truth out of her. He’d have to be patient and just hoped that everything would come to light soon. But his wife was hiding secrets that would be hard to accept.
A Really Good Man
Kiara’s eyes sparkled with gratitude, relieved to have a partner who accepted her with all her complexities.
As the days unfolded, she slowly opened up to Jacob, revealing a hidden truth that lay dormant within her. But it would be a hard pill for Jacob to swallow, would he be able to accept her secret?
Her beauty was not merely a result of fortunate genetics or elaborate routines. Kiara possessed an extraordinary gift that allowed her to retain her youthful appearance and delicate features.
But it all came at a cost. Something she wasn’t going to tell Jacob just yet. He listened to her story and knew that something didn’t add up.
Only So Much I Can Take
Jacob took Kiara’s story with a pinch of salt. But as the days turned into weeks and weeks into months, Jacob began to notice peculiarities about Kiara.
He would wake up to find her looking impossibly fresh and flawless, her beauty undisturbed by sleep. It was something he had never paid attention to, but now that he was looking out for it, it was disturbingly obvious.
Bewildered, he couldn’t help but question his own disheveled appearance in the morning mirror. He looked like any normal person did after waking up, how didn’t she?
“Do you look like that when you wake up?” he would ask, hoping for an answer that would quell the unease creeping into his heart. Kiara would simply smile, her response evasive.
Something Going On
Jacob now felt more suspicious than ever. He thought about how well he really knew his wife. They’d only been married a few months, and already there was something she was hiding.
His mind started walking his past, taking him to the days he’d first known Kiara. He hoped he’d find something there that would at least shed some light on what was happening. But what he’d discover would more than break his heart.
Into the Past
When Jacob and Kiara first met, Jacob had thought she was the prettiest girl he’d ever seen. Her skin, a delicate blend of tawny brown and cinnamon, radiated in the evening sun as she walked past him.
He’d rarely been the kind to stop a woman as she walked past him on the road. He’d never been that confident in himself. But with her, he knew he’d die if he didn’t at least try.
Her scent washed over him as he turned, eager to try his luck. She’d been walking with two friends then, and although Jacob knew their presence would add another layer of complexity to his chances, he still approached.
Tapping on her shoulder, he ate back a groan at how soft her skin was. She whirled around with knitted brows. And right then, Jacob knew his life would never be the same again.
Jacob was on his way to a graveyard shift when he ran into Kiara for the first time. He’d never in his life stopped someone on the road before, let alone a woman, and was burning with shyness when she turned around and faced him.
She’d looked apprehensive at first, taken aback by the brazenness of this stranger. But soon, the hard features on her face softened as her lips curled.
Meant To Be
Love at first sight doesn’t even come close to Jacob’s experience when he saw Kiara’s smile. Everything around him ceased existing as she took center stage.
He tried to introduce himself, and his body wouldn’t respond. He couldn’t offer his hand in greeting or say “Hi,” as he’d planned. If only he knew what all this would lead to.
Get It Together
Jacob fumbled briefly before Kiara’s smile spread into a cheeky grin. She presented her hand, her brown eyes boring into his. “I am Kiara,” she said, seemingly wanting to lessen the tension. “Can I help you with something?”
“No,” Jacob stammered. “I mean, yes. I’m Jacob. Sorry, I should have led with that.” He finally shook her hand. The softness of her skin struck him again, and he stifled a groan. “You are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. Can I take you out to dinner sometime?”
Jacob didn’t think his bluntness would work. At this point, he was desperate and would’ve tried anything. His lips parted when Kiara asked for his phone, quickly keying in her number.
She seemed intrigued by him and even laughed when he asked if she’d given him her true number or a fake one meant to crush his ego later on. He should have known that she’d been planning this for a while.
Heading To Work
You see, for a year, Jacob had been walking the same street while heading to or coming from work. It didn’t matter whether he was on the day or night shift. He’d use the same path to reach his place of work.
Unknown to him, Kiara, who had been helping out at the local flower shop owned by her aunt, had been watching him.
The Perfect Fit
For Kiara, Jacob had seemed like the perfect fit for a boyfriend. He was good-looking but seemingly timid, with piercing eyes that always made her heart flutter within her ribcage.
In the six months she’d spent in his town helping her aunt with her shop, she’d not seen him with a woman like the other men she’d met. This could only mean one thing.
Jacob had to be single. Kiara’s interest in him grew as the months went by. She knew where he worked and adored that he had a job instead of staying home staring at his phone all day.
He was well-built and kind to the people he met. She’d seen how often he’d left change for the needy outside shops or helped older people cross the road. She knew he’d make a perfect candidate for what she was planning.
Meeting The One
For years, Kiara had hoped to meet the one. This chance finally presented itself when her friends helped her concoct the perfect plan that would ensure she and Jacob finally crossed paths.
Knowing his daily schedules, her friends advised her to ‘bump’ into him on the road and act completely oblivious. If something were meant to happen between them, then it would.
Putting It To The Test
A curious Kiana tried out the plan, and weirdly enough, it worked. Jacob stared at her with charmed eyes like she’d enthralled him with a spell.
He fumbled over his words, trying to exchange a greeting. He didn’t waste any time calling her when she gave him her phone number. Kiara thought she’d won when suddenly, the problem started again.
She’s Had It For A While
She’d fought it for years as a teenager, and as she grew into an adult, she was convinced it was finally gone. She hated that this was happening to her.
Given how her last boyfriends acted when they learned the truth about her, she couldn’t even bring herself to tell Jacob. She’d never loved anyone like she did Jacob and knew that telling him about this would surely scare him away.
A Very Big Lie
And so, Kiara lived under a lie for months, seeing as Jacob fell irrevocably in love with someone that wasn’t her. She convinced herself she was doing this for him, trying to save him from heartbreak.
But in the end, she’d learn the error of her mistake, finally understanding that the truth would have been better than all this sneaking around.
The Lemonade Incident
Remembering the lemonade incident, she sighed heavily. How long would she have to keep the ruse up? She was already tired of her nefarious morning routine.
She was tired of making excuses for not wanting to go swimming. Jacob was her husband, and Kiara was tired of keeping this from him. But she feared what would happen if she told him everything. Would he stay, or would he up and leave?
Kiara had found her soulmate in Jacob. She was willing to do anything to stay with him, even lie through her teeth every morning.
But the truth, as difficult to swallow as it was, was quickly barreling toward her. Her days were numbered, and she knew it. All she could do now was stall as much as possible.
A Dark Obsession
Over the course of the next few days, it started out as curiosity. But with Jacob becoming more on edge about his wife’s secret, it started to become a dark obsession.
Even though he didn’t know it at the time, he’d start taking things too far to the point where there was no backing out.
Time passed, and Jacob observed another curious behavior. Kiara spent an unusually long time in the bathroom, meticulously attending to her beauty regime.
It never really bothered Jacob in the beginning, but now that he was already suspicious, he knew something was going on behind the bathroom door.
A Secret World
Her efforts were already strenuous, but now they seemed to extend into a secret world hidden behind the bathroom door.
Jacob couldn’t fathom what she could be doing, but he dared not pry too deeply into her personal space. He didn’t want her to know that he was on to her. But things would end catastrophically.
With Jacob now always ready to find something to call her on, he realized that there were lots of strange things she did in the pursuit of her “beauty.” But one thing stood out the most.
It had to do with an activity that Jacob loved – the beach. He couldn’t believe what his wife had to say whenever he wanted to go catch some sun or some waves.
No To The Sun
The couple’s reluctance to visit the beach or go swimming raised more suspicions within Jacob. What kind of reason did she have for not going to something as nice as the beach? But he was about to get another excuse.
Kiara always had an excuse ready, but her avoidance of water activities became increasingly difficult to ignore.
Seeds Of Doubt
The seeds of doubt sprouted within him, clouding his perception of their seemingly perfect marriage. Was this what life was going to be with her?
The visage started to fall apart as he realized that whoever he had married wasn’t entirely the girl he had met years ago. But he didn’t know just how bad things were.
What Is Wrong With Her
Confusion and guilt overwhelmed Jacob. What had just happened? Why did her skin react that way? The pieces of the puzzle seemed to scatter before him, eluding his grasp.
But he was determined to uncover the truth. He could no longer ignore the strangeness surrounding his wife. He needed proof, and he knew just how to find it.
Finding Out Myself
In a moment of bravery mingled with curiosity, Jacob found himself searching for answers. He decided to look a little deeper than normal. He stumbled upon a box hidden beneath their bed.
It was an unassuming enough box. But he had no idea what horrors lurked within. He was about to learn the truth about his wife once and for all.
Prying It Open
Prying it open, he discovered Kiara’s medical documents—a diagnosis of a disease, a condition that had afflicted her for the majority of her life. Although it had relented in her adult years, it had seemingly resurfaced right after they met.
He knew that something had changed about her, but how could she keep such a huge secret? He was her husband after all. He felt an emotion come over him that he didn’t feel often – anger.
Rage ignited within him. How could she have kept such a profound secret from him? He had enough of the lies and excuses now that he really knew what was going on. Things weren’t okay.
The truth of her lies came crashing down like a tidal wave, threatening to drown their once-solid foundation.
Doing What He Had To Do
Jacob knew that there was only one thing to do about this. He couldn’t sit and pretend he hadn’t seen the medical records now that he knew the truth.
He couldn’t live like this. He tried calming down, but he knew that he couldn’t keep it bottled up. He would have to blindside his wife with what he had found out. What would her defense be?
The Past Has Returned
The confrontation became inevitable. Jacob confronted Kiara, his voice laced with a mixture of anger and pain.
Kiara wasn’t ready for him to call her out, that at least meant she wouldn’t lie this time. She could no longer hide behind the veils of deception. Tearfully, she confessed her secret life.
Disbelief And Awe
Kiara quickly rushed out of the room and left Jacob sitting there. Just as he wondered if she’d ever come back, she reappeared with something in her hand.
She produced magazines showcasing her work, and as Jacob stared at the images, his disbelief mingled with awe. He had unknowingly seen those ads before, never suspecting that the woman he loved was their captivating muse.
I Did It For You
A storm of emotions raged within Jacob. Anger battled against admiration, and hurt wrestled with fascination. It was a huge secret to keep, but he realized that it could have been something much worse.
Could he find it in his heart to forgive Kiara for the deception, for keeping such an essential part of herself hidden?
Jacob understood what she did, but he didn’t understand why she had to try and hide it from him. That was the biggest reason why he was so hurt. They were married after all.
The trust had been shattered, and rebuilding it felt like an insurmountable task. She had a whole separate world as a real-life model for people that looked like her.
You Don’t Need To Pretend
Jacob was in shock. Yet, as he gazed into Kiara’s eyes, a glimmer of hope flickered within him. Beneath the web of secrets and lies, he still loved her with a depth that defied logic.
Perhaps, just perhaps, they could find a way to heal the wounds inflicted upon their trust. The disease vitiligo was just a mask, so he could discover her true beauty within.
I Love The You Inside
The journey toward redemption would not be easy. It would demand open communication, vulnerable confessions, and a willingness to forgive.
It took some time for him to adjust to Kiara’s natural look. But he wanted the real her and encouraged her to go without makeup. Jacob knew that he had to confront his own insecurities and learn to accept Kiara wholly, flaws and all.
As the days turned into weeks and weeks into months once again, Jacob and Kiara embarked on a new chapter in their marriage.
Now that there were no secrets, they could finally whole-heartedly commit to each other. It was a chapter marked by resilience, understanding and an unyielding commitment to truth.
Their love would be tested, but perhaps the fractures could be mended, and a newfound trust could emerge from the ashes of their shared secrets.
Jacob made his wife understand that it didn’t matter what she looked like. He was in it for the long run, despite any flaws she might have. Their love was not based on anything superficial.
A New Start
Together, Jacob and Kiara navigated the uncharted waters of their unique circumstances, embracing the enchantment that surrounded their lives.
It took a bit of adjusting, but things slowly went back to normal. He had no doubt that she was the woman he’d met before they married. They vowed to cherish their love and face any challenges as a united front.
A Testament Of Acceptance
Their marriage, once shrouded in mystery, became a testament to the power of acceptance, understanding, and the enduring magic of love. They were somewhat of a celebrity couple.
People recognized her from the magazines and smiled when they saw her devoted husband holding her hand the entire time. They would never keep anything from each other again.
For Better Or Worse
Jacob continued to support Kiara’s career as a vitiligo model. He didn’t like the attention she received. But only time would tell if their love could withstand the trials that lay ahead.
As they faced the uncertain future together, Jacob and Kiara clung to the belief that love, when nurtured with patience and forgiveness, had the power to conquer even the deepest of betrayals.
Disclaimer: 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, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.