No Way Back
Donna had a bad feeling about what was going on. She lay underneath in silent fear. It was supposed to be a prank on her husband but when he came in things changed in a dark way.
She never thought her husband was capable of anything like this. She was in a tough position and had no idea what she could do to stop it. She knew too much because of what started out as a silly prank.
The Perfect Marriage
Mark Smith and Donna Smith met at the tender age of 17. Fast forward a quarter of a decade later and the two are happily married and have two beautiful children.
From the outside, it felt as if the two were perfect from each other and got many looks from neighbors. Even Donna felt blessed to have such a kind husband. But things wouldn’t stay that way forever.
Where Did The Love Go?
But Donna felt that her husband’s interest in her started to fade over the course of a few weeks. For the last 25 years, he complimented her every day and always showered her in love and affection. The worst scenarios raced through Donna’s mind. Affair? Secret addiction?
But when she finally found what was really going on with her husband she would fall to her knees and feel sick. Was this really happening?
Pulling A Prank
Donna felt obligated to save her marriage while she still could. She had to act before it would be too late.
While the two were still in their early days they loved pulling pranks on each other. She decided to do this again as a callback and maybe remind him of all the good times they’d been through together. But she never expected the reaction she got.
Donna brainstormed her prank and also wrote a list of all the things that she wanted to get off of her chest. But as she kept writing the note tears started forming in her eyes.
She loved Mark more than anything but she needed to know if he really was still in love with her or not. She needed the truth, even if it would change everything.
Her True Feelings
In order to uncover her husband’s true feelings, Donna wrote down absolutely everything about the relationship that bothered her and why she wanted a divorce.
Of course, she didn’t really want a divorce, but the logic behind her prank was to discover her husband’s true feelings and to get to the bottom of his dismissiveness and lack of passion. Little did she know her plan wouldn’t go as smoothly as she would have hoped.
A Note On The Bed
Donna planned that in order to get a proper gauge on her husband’s reaction to this earth-shattering news, she would lie under the bed and leave the note on top of the bed.
From there she would be able to see his genuine reaction. Would he burst out in tears? Or would he be happy? Either way, Donna knew this plan was genius, after all, what could go wrong? Well, Donna had no idea what was coming.
What Would His Reaction Be?
In Donna’s head, she imagined her husband breaking down in tears, like in a Hollywood rom-com movie. And from there she’d appear from the bed and comfort him, like an angel sent from above. She would have gotten her answer and know her marriage was strong.
However, Donna didn’t relieve the answer she was looking for at all. In fact, his reaction left her world crashing down.
Writing the Note
Donna knew she had to write the note as bluntly as she could. She wrote how she felt the love had slowly been fading away for years, and that she didn’t love him anymore. It was harsh but it needed to be done, right? She knew she had to get a reaction from him.
After finishing writing, Donna took a deep breath. She placed the note on the bed, and got underneath the bed, and waited for her husband to come in. She had no idea this would be the worst decision she would ever make.
The Waiting Game
As Donna lay underneath the bed, waiting for her husband to return home, she started to think about what would happen if this prank backfired. What if she didn’t get the reaction she was hoping for? Maybe marriage counseling would have just been easier?
But before she could overthink, even more, she heard the front door slam shut. Her husband was home and very soon her life was about to get turned upside down.
Honey, I’m Home
Finally, the moment of truth had come. Donna heard her husband’s footsteps make their way up the stairs, all the while her heart began to race. He shouted out her name, but Donna just stayed silent underneath the bed.
Her husband walked into the room and straight away Donna knew this was a big mistake. And his reaction was about to prove her right.
Reading The Note
Donna can feel her heartbeat in her throat as she watches her husband’s feet standing in front of her. He was obviously reading the note, but a terrible silence lingered in the air.
It was too late for Donna now. There was no she can take back her elaborate prank. She was about to get exactly what she wanted; her husband’s true feelings. But she wasn’t expecting this.
Not What She Expected
As she lay under the bed, with her nerves on edge, she waited for a response from her husband. Anything at all. Was he silently crying? Was he in shock?
But then suddenly, he did something that she never thought he would do, he started to laugh. Then, he pulled out his phone and called someone. Who was he calling? When Donna found out she felt sick to her stomach.
On The Phone
“Hey you,” Mark said, “guess what, my marriage is finally over! I know right, I thought she’d never get the message. I’ll be right over to see you,” he said then walked out of the room.
Donna was lost for words. She felt sick to her stomach. She wanted so badly to turn back time, but she couldn’t. Her worst nightmare had come true.
What her husband just said tore Donna’s heart in two. She had never felt heartbreak like this. She couldn’t move. She couldn’t speak. Even the worst-case scenario she had imagined hadn’t gone like this.
Who had he called? Another woman? A mistress? Or was it a friend? Either way, she was about to find out.
Heartbroken On The Floor
As Donna lay under the bed feeling like a complete fool, regret and heartbreak washed over her. She did hope for a dramatic breakdown from her husband, but instead of walking out of their home, he’d come running into Donna’s arms sobbing.
Donna managed to drag herself out from under the bed and she was faced with much more than when she had crawled under not a mere half-hour before. But little did Donna know more devastation was to come.
No Longer Soulmates
As Donna tried to compose herself, her body was still racked with deep sobs. How could she carry on without him? They’re were each other’s soulmate. It wasn’t supposed to end like this. But then suddenly, she saw something on the bed.
There, next to her relationship death sentence was another note. He must have left it and she had not noticed. What was inside the note? She was about to get her answer.
Reading His Note
Donna picked up the note and began to read it. She could feel her heart begin to shatter with every word she read. Still, she knew she had to find out the truth. After all, that had been the entire purpose of her prank.
As she read down the page she felt herself sob harder and harder as he detailed everything that she had been so afraid of for months. But there was something else she never expected to read.
After building up the courage to read it, she saw that her husband had written, “Dear Wife, Next time you try to trick me into proving my love for you make sure that your feet aren’t sticking out from underneath the bed next time”.
She could not believe it. She had been caught in the act. How would she ever live this one down?
Despite planning her prank down to the last detail she had let herself down with the most trivial and small detail. She was totally humiliated at the way it had all backfired on her
On the bright side, she could see her husband was light-hearted enough to make a joke of it. Would she be able to get over this embarrassment?
As she put the pieces together, she realized her husband hadn’t even been on the phone at all and had been faking the call to get under her skin. She deserved it really.
It had taught her a valuable lesson about playing with people’s emotions to get what you want. It never works out. Would her husband be able to forgive her?
Sometimes this kind of a prank can be the ultimatum that a couple needs to see where they stand with one another but it is not something that would be regarded as healthy. Having trust in your partner and being open and honest is the only way to deal with issues like this in a healthy manner.
Thankfully for this paranoid woman, her insecure prank didn’t tank her marriage but who’s to say how long it lasted after displaying her manipulative behaviors.
Happily Ever After
Sometimes all you need in a relationship is trust to get you through the ups and downs that are inevitable in life. Going to elaborate measures to see if they will react dramatically is never indicative of a healthy relationship. Hopefully, for this couple, they learned to communicate better so she never had to pull any crazy stunts like this ever again.
Another woman found herself in a similar situation when she noticed that her husband insisted on paying their babysitter outside. She was convinced that something untoward was going on.
She didn’t pay it any mind at first. But when she heard her husband and the babysitter in a hushed whisper. What was going on? She needed to get to the bottom of that.
But after setting up her plan she watched the recording and wished that she had never gone through with it.
The Richards couple were the talk of the town. They seemed to have everything that they ever wanted. The two were successful in their jobs – John was a lawyer and his wife Grace was a real estate agent.
The day they found out Grace was pregnant they couldn’t believe it. They were beyond happy but soon that happiness would change as they were met with many hardships.
Grace had always dreamt of being a mother and now that it was finally going to be a reality she couldn’t be happier. To make things even better the pregnancy went off without a hitch.
But the challenges would arrive after she conceived. She soon developed postpartum depression and found it hard to get back her old physique.
Grace knew that once she went back to work she’d need to find a sitter to look after her precious child.
She got a babysitter named Anna. She was very pretty and came highly recommended by her neighbors. Grace felt confident hiring her, but there would be a problem she didn’t see coming.
Grace noticed soon after hiring her that Anna had quite a flirty personality. But she tried to forget about it but soon found reasons to think twice.
One day she heard a hushed conversation between the sitter and her husband. What were they talking about? She felt jealous and suspicious, she needed to find out what was going on.
Grace was becoming all too aware as time wore on that their relationship had changed. They had been together for a while. Grace began to wonder whether her husband thought it was time for a change. After all, she had given birth to a child, and she didn’t have the energy or the physique that she once had.
Usually, she would just brush these suspicions off. But now, she had a good reason for suspicion.
Grace didn’t know how to handle this situation. She knew if she asked her husband what was going on between them, he’d feel deeply upset that she didn’t trust him.
Instead, she decided to gather more evidence before saying anything. After all, it may well be nothing. She waited until they were both gone to execute her plan.
Setting Up Cameras
She set up two hidden cameras inside the house and one outside. She continued to act as if she suspected nothing. But the more time passed, the more she noticed their strange behaviors.
Her heart pounded as she realized there was definitely something going on between them.
After a week passed, Grace was ready to confront her worst nightmare. She sat in her living room and logged into the security cameras. She hoped desperately that her intuition was wrong.
She scoured over the footage, pausing anytime she saw both her husband and Anna alone in a room. She’d continue to hit play and watch anxiously as her stomach twisted.
It wasn’t long before she noticed the tension between them. Anna slowly closed the distance between them each time they were alone. Now, there was no doubt she was hitting on him – but how would he react?
Grace was glued to the screen. Suddenly, she heard a knock on the door.
It was Anna. She dropped by unannounced to collect her payment for the month. She said that John was expecting her. Grace forced a smile. Just then, her husband appeared.
“Anna!”, he said. Grace was about to get up and reach for her wallet when John said, “Oh I got this Grace. Don’t worry about it”. He insisted on walking Anna out to her car and paying her himself. Little did he know, Grace was watching.
More often than not, being a mom isn’t the sexiest of jobs. You are tired, full of mess and constantly available for your kids. However, Grace’s husband was a desirable man. She had often noticed the looks he got from other women. She tried not to let it bother her, but it lingered in the back of her mind.
But the way their babysitter was looking at him tonight put her on high alert.
Grace could see that Anna was behaving more oddly than usual around her husband tonight, and she was wearing a slinky little black number that left little to the imagination.
Maybe she was going out partying afterwards? Grace tried to give her the benefit of the doubt. But when she saw her put her hand on John’s arm, she knew she was definitely up to something.
Grace watched Anna and her husband walk to the hallway, then they stopped. She wished she could hear what Anna was saying. Then, her heart dropped.
The audacious babysitter took a few steps back and gestured at her little black dress suggestively. It didn’t take much for Grace to imagine what she was saying. She couldn’t see her husband’s reaction, though. He had his back to the camera. Then, they stepped outside.
Moment Of Truth
Grace watched as her husband guided Anna outside. Then she logged straight into the live footage from the outdoor camera.
“This is it,” she thought. The moment her marriage came crumbling apart. She watched them converse. But something was wrong. It looked like an argument. Anna started to cry and John stormed back inside. What happened?
Grace raced out to her husband. “What happened?” she asked. “I fired her,” John said. “Why?” Grace questioned. John told her to take a seat. Grace braced herself for what was to come. It was happening. She couldn’t believe it.
John told her that he didn’t like the way she treated him. He continued…
Truth Comes Out
“I didn’t like the way she looked or talked to me. She flirted with me all the time and I felt like she was completely disrespecting you. She made me feel uncomfortable. I told her to stop many times. She didn’t listen. I was left with no choice. It was way too inappropriate.”
Grace had never felt happier – and guilty. So, she came clean.
Grace told him how worried she was. She said she knew something was going on between them and set up a camera. She asked for his forgiveness for spying and should have trusted him.
She explained that she felt insecure since the baby and felt like he wasn’t as interested in her anyway.
Pouring Her Heart Out
Grace began to cry. She told John how she felt like everyone she knew had been able to pull themselves together after giving birth, but she was struggling with her insecurities and her post-partum depression.
She hadn’t managed to lose the baby weight and she felt like he didn’t find her attractive anymore, which only made things worse.
Her husband was shocked at her response. He had no idea she felt that way and although he didn’t appreciate her not trusting him and going to such extremes, he admitted that he should have just been open about everything with her.
He understood how it must have looked as he didn’t communicate openly and maturely with her. Needless to say, Anna wasn’t hired by the Richards ever again. And Grace?
Working On Herself
What Grace had done pushed her to finally get professional help for her postpartum depression. Her doctor explained that she wasn’t alone in her feelings – postpartum depression affects ten to twenty percent of new mothers.
She started treatment with antidepressant medication and began seeing a psychotherapist. John was supportive and completely on her side. She no longer felt so alone.
Around four weeks later, the terrible looming paranoia and insecurity began to lift – Grace felt like she was able to breathe.
The feelings of inadequacy, depression, and anxiety melted away and she started to become her old self again. They hired a new babysitter to help her with her baby a few days after John fired Anna, and she was nothing like her.
After a year of treatment, Grace was ready to come off the medication. Her one regret is not getting the help she needed earlier.
There was joy in her life again, and with John’s support, she grew to accept her post-baby body – after all, John didn’t care one bit that she wasn’t as slim as she used to be, and she finally accepted that too.
A Medical Condition
Although some people may trivialize postpartum depression, it is very real and requires medical care. It is not something a new mother can overcome by herself simply by “snapping out of it” or by trying to be more positive.
This extreme form of depression can make women feel like they have lost control, that they are helpless, and that they are inadequate. So, what should you do if you know someone you think is experiencing it?
The Best Treatment
According to the Post Natal Depression Support Association, the most effective way to tackle postpartum depression – in conjunction with medication – is to seek professional care from a psychologist to identify the triggers and help the new mom work through them.
There are also support groups out there, and many women find it helpful to share their thoughts and feelings with other women. Most of all, women with postpartum depression need to know that they are not alone.
Our last couple was also having a hard time in their marriage when the husband decided to take things into his own hands.
Cody and Bailey Mcintyre had been married for two years when things started going south. Things had been great between the two. As far as Cody was concerned, life was excellent. But out of nowhere, everything changed.
An Eventful Wedding
Cody and Bailey met at a wedding where Cody’s brother was tying the knot. Bailey had been among the bridesmaids that graced the event.
“It was more than love at first sight,” Cody shared. He spent the entire day trying to get her attention, and when she finally noticed him, he asked her on a coffee date. He had no idea that Bailey had other plans.
Bailey had been working as a painter when he met Cody at the wedding. He was a dashing young man with the brightest smile and the wittiest mind she had ever seen.
But she couldn’t give him the attention he was clearly asking for, as she had a busy schedule ahead of her that day. “I had work after the wedding and couldn’t stay to socialize,” she said. But fate wasn’t done with her and Cody.
Seeing Her Again
“I didn’t see her for almost a year until I moved away from the city into a quiet suburb,” Cody shared. And who else did he meet when he went over to introduce himself to the neighbors but Bailey?
Of course, she had already forgotten about him. But one smile and a simple greeting sent everything rushing back in. But trouble wasn’t far away.
A Coffee Date
Bailey finally agreed to that coffee date she’d declined a year prior. But the date would lead to many years of happiness between her and Cody, culminating with them on the altar.
Life was supposed to be perfect. It had been for the three years they had been together before their wedding and the two after. But things were quickly changing.
She Doesn’t Love Me Anymore
The roaring flames that had been between the two before were now a flicker of a flame, threatening to go out at the slightest blow of the wind. For Cody, realizing his wife was no longer interested in him was agonizing.
But the pain became unbearable when he realized Bailey was hiding something from him. He had to uncover the truth or lose his mind.
Seeing The Difference
For a few days now, Bailey had been leaving home early and coming late. She also acted suspiciously whenever Cody was around, taking secret calls outside their house and meeting people he didn’t know over the weekend.
Cody had decided to let her do whatever she was doing, hoping things would change. But his patience would soon run short.
Cody decided enough was enough when Bailey left the house one Saturday morning. It was still early, which made everything even more bizarre.
Bailey had left her car in the garage, taking a cab wherever she was going. But Cody hopped into his vehicle and quickly tailed her. What he’d discover would leave her in tears.
Cody followed Bailey as carefully as he could, ensuring he kept a distance away from the car she was in. Her cab pulled into one of the four-star hotels in their city, and as quickly as she’d got into the car, Bailey came out and ran into the establishment.
Cody wasted no time in following her in. He parked his car away from the hotel and hurried inside, ready to catch his wife in the act.
How Could She Do This?
Although Cody was keen to uncover the truth behind his wife’s change in behavior, he couldn’t stomach the idea of her being unfaithful. She was her everything, so he couldn’t understand why she’d do this to him.
He remembered how happy they’d once been but couldn’t forget how erratic her behavior had become in recent weeks. He wiped away a tear. He’d do anything to save their marriage.
Cody followed his wife through the long corridor into a plush floor where the rooms were not only massive but equally expensive. After a deep breath, he pushed open the door she’d disappeared into.
Cody’s mouth fell open, and his insides wizened at what he found inside the room. He stepped back. How could Bailey do this to him?
Before Cody stood everyone he held dear, from his parents and siblings to friends and extended family. How Bailey had gotten them here so early in the morning was a mystery.
Cody’s mom broke the silence with her bright smile, “Bailey says you are always working,” she said. “She’s been planning this for weeks!” Bailey came over and hugged Cody, kissing his forehead. “Did you forget again?” she asked. “It’s your birthday, honey.” Cody grinned.
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.