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The air was crisp and clean, the sky blue and clear. Amanda inhaled deeply, imagining the stress leaving her body. She watched her husband from the corner of her eyes: the sharp, well-shaped jaws, the bushy eyebrows, and the serious expression almost drew a chuckle but she clamped down on it.
It was their last day in Switzerland and against all odds, she had truly enjoyed herself. Now she had to confront her husband and tell him the real reason she wanted a divorce. They walked towards their cabin in silence as Amanda cleared her throat noisily. Pete gave her a quick sideways glance and opened the door.
Amanda strolled towards the sofa and sank into it, while Pete removed his gloves and boots.
‘I slept with Alex!’
Pete stood still like a statue, even the sweat on his brows froze in disbelief. He ground his teeth and approached his wife menacingly. Alex had been his friend from childhood. They were practically brothers, what a fool I’d been! He thought in anger but something held him in check, he didn’t believe it.
‘When?’ He mouthed the words and knelt in front of his wife, his eyes were incredibly dry and he looked very calm.
‘Three months ago…’ she closed her eyes briefly, ‘the night we had a fight on the phone.’
‘I called him and he came over to the house.’ Amanda involuntarily put her hand to her mouth as if she’d said too much.
‘We made up when I got back Amanda!’ Pete said slowly, strangely, his anger had dissipated.
‘I know…’ and she began to cry, ‘for what’s worth, I had no recollection of it as such. I was wasted, very drunk.’
Pete made up his mind there and then to fight for his marriage but Amanda was not finished.
‘Three weeks later I found out I was pregnant.’
That was when Pete lost it. He picked Amanda up effortlessly and almost hurled her against the wall, she wailed on his shirt, expecting the worse, then like a China plate, he put her down gently. He hurriedly put his gloves on, wore his shoes and rushed out of the cabin.
Two hours later, there was a knock on the door, Amanda hurriedly opened it, worried sick. Standing calmly at the door were two Swiss officers, their expressions looked grim. Amanda crumpled to the floor in a faint…
NP: It wasn’t all bad news though! 🙂 Pete was trapped in an avalanche but luckily, he’d survived. Amanda gave birth to twin sons… Well, when she did the DNA paternity test, Pete was the father of her sons. Their marriage survived. Pete quit his job in the City, and now had his own company. They went through months of counselling and the last time I spoke to Pete, he sounded optimistic, but he confessed that it was hard. However, he loves his wife, he’d forgiven her and was determined to give their marriage a chance to heal.
Relationships are not easy, Amanda and Pete had made up their mind to fight for their marriage and I wish them the best. To all my friends all over the world, I won’t wish you love because today is Valentine, I’m wishing you love all year round. May your hearts find peace and joy!
Much love, always!
I’m so glad they made up. It is difficult to come back from something like that, but it is possible and it can work out. To find the babies were his must have been a huge relief to them all. Are they still friends with Alex?
I think Pete has severed all ties with his best mate. It was a long sordid story but I didn’t want to go deep into the details, it would have been 2,000 words if I did They’re working at hard at their marriage I guess, Amanda was over the moon when she realised her boys were Pete’s. If they weren’t, I didn’t think their marriage would have had a chance.
I can understand that. I know I wouldn’t be able to cope with bringing up someone else’s baby.
You would be a saint to, especially if she was your wife originally. People do stupid things when intoxicated!
I forgave my wife when she cheated on me – the first time. It was not long after my injection that caused me to become disabled. I found out a year or so ago that she repeatedly cheated on me during our marriage. Never mind, she’s not my problem any more.
I am so sorry to hear that. Serial cheaters hardly ever change. I’m glad you’ve moved on!!
I have 🙂 Me and the kids, Can’t go wrong 😀
No you can’t my friend! 🙂
Glad they solved it… Pete sounds like a nice guy.
He is. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
So glad they made up and got back together. Life is always full of surprises. Have a lovely evening.
Will do, thanks for your visit Ute!
Quite a twist! Great story!
Thanks Mark, appreciate your visit
A happy ending nice. Good story.
Thanks Kim! 🙂
Even in the small things a couple must learn that being right is not a quest or a debate. Many times it’s better to forgive and move on. The story you’ve told is a hard one but if there is love the understanding will and should come to them. It’s seems so many couples today don’t won’t to look at trouble from the other point of view. In most long term marriages there has been a major hurdle that both sides have had to overcome– and that’s the truth. Love is worth the fight.
I agree with you Danniehill, love is worth the fight. If only couples could forgive and determine to fight for the success of their marriages; the spate of divorces would have reduced drastically! I’m grateful for your visit!
Amanda, Amanda,..I do hope you’ve learned to keep those legs snapped shut, honey. If a baby’s all you get, you’re lucky these days.
I agree!! Amanda should keep her legs together!!!
So glad to read the twist and that the ending was a good one. Love overcame all, and what more perfect message than this for Valentine’s Day!Powerful and beautifully written, as always. Hope you had a good one Seyi my dear friend 🙂
I had a wonderful Valentine, stayed indoors with my family! Thanks for your kind comment.
Same here! With that storm raging all night what a perfect place to be. Blessings to you too Seyi 🙂
Thanks my friend! 🙂
‘Hope your V’s Day wasn’t as traumatic as that story was!
My Val was a simple affair thankfully!! 🙂
Pete’s a better man than I. 😉 This is really nice writing. I’m so glad you posted the conclusion.
Thanks for reading Anita. I agree with you, Pete is a nice man. I’m grateful for your visit!
Things are always easily judged from the outside & I think that I would not have been as forgiving as Pete. Then again – I’m not Pete. And – I was not in that situation. Sometimes how you think you will react is not how you would handle things when in a situation.
Happy for them that they are back together.
Many blessings to them as they continue their lives together & now with twins added to their family.
I spoke to Pete almost on a daily basis when he found out, and from the tone of his voice, he forgave his wife totally. Like you, I don’t know if I could – but I may never know. One thing I realise is, Pete said he felt at peace, and I guess that’s what forgiveness does. I hope they stay together and Amanda stay faithful!
Thanks for your visit my friend! 🙂
Whoa! This story hit me like an avalanche!– proof that someone I know is a powerful writer!! : )
Thanks for your kind words Mark! I am very grateful! Have a great week my friend!!
Sandra, love, and prayers conquers all. In my case, it was both. Something I did long ago before we got married came back haunting me in my marriage 10 yeas ago. I’ve been there and it is not easy The fact that I had my last child at the time of the problem also cemented the marriage somewhat. Today, it is by the grace of God, our shared journeys and the love and determination;on to make it work that has made all the difference.
This can happen to anyone and so I’m not blaming Amanda. I wish Pete and Amanda much joy. 🙂
I am so glad your marriage is still standing in spite of whatever must have happened in your past. I’m not always quick to judge because I’m not a saint – although I must confess that I hated Pete’s friend. He seemed to have taken advantage of a vulnerable woman…
Like you said, love and determination goes a long way in resolving any marital issues and I wish you continuous joy in your home my friend!
A very moving story Seyi! I’m glad they finally resolved their issues. Relationships are complex – life is complex! But your writing is as fresh as ever!!
Thank you Christine!! 🙂
I’m glad you tied up the loose ends as that would have been tragic otherwise…love is a strange beast. It was an intense read and Pete reacted more sanely than a lot of people in his position would…I think being stuck in an avalanche would also help change your views on life as well.
Pete is a nice guy, not a lot of blokes would be so quick to forgive. His ‘avalanche accident’ probably had an impact on him too. I believe they’re still working at their marriage.
What an interesting blog! But .. I am biesad already, reading about Nigeria you see, I grew up in Nigeria (left in 1979; my parents left in 1980), so Nigeria holds a place in my heart. And yes, maybe it’s time for a woman president, to clean up house! Thanks for the like and follow!
My pleasure Ristina, it’s great to see you here! I’m glad you share my dream, hopefully when that happens, Nigeria would be a better place! 🙂