Kaye Leigh got up to her room and
went inside. She wanted to believe that Jeff loved her and
that he had been faithful to her and their marriage. She sat
down on her bed and remembered the time they had spent there
earlier in the afternoon. She closed her eyes and tried to
pray, but she could not the hurt and anger was too
Kaye Leigh knew she should not be
angry with God but she could not help it, God could prevent
anything, but here it was happening all over again. She was
not sure she would make it through it this time.
“Why did you allow this?” she asked
aloud. Tears were falling down her face again, it was easy to
pretend when she was in Jeff’s arms but she had to accept the
truth, she could not stay with him no matter how much it
killed her to let him go. She knew from experience that once
they strayed, they would do it again.
“Let’s go swimming.” Becki said while
she and Jeff were in the elevator. “I’ll call Kaye Leigh and
have her meet us down at the pool.”
“Ok.” Jeff said.
“Remember what I told you Jeff, she
loves you more than life.” She reminded him.
“I know but does she believe I love
her?” he said.
“Of course she does. We’ll meet you
down at the pool.” She said hugging her.
Kaye Leigh was trying to fight her
anger towards God, she grabbed her Bible off of the night
stand and let it fall open; she began to read where her eyes
landed hoping that it would give her some comfort or hope.
Proverbs 26:24-25 people may cover their hatred with pleasant
words, but they are deceiving you. They pretend to be kind but
don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils.
She reread the verses and laughed, how was this supposed to
help her or comfort her she thought. She slammed the Bible
shut and put it in the bottom of her suitcase.
Her phone rang.
“Hello?” she said hoping it was not
“Kaye Leigh meet me down at the pool
in ten minutes.” Becki said.
“Sure why not.” She replied thinking
swimming might do her some good.
When she got down to the pool, she
was disappointed to see that Jeff was there also, along with
two other guys.
“About time.” Becki yelled. Kaye
Leigh just smiled at her, took off her cover up, jumped into
the pool, and stayed below the surface until her lungs were on
fire from lack of oxygen. When she surfaced, she noticed
everyone was starring at her.
“Is there a problem?” she asked a bit
“Great mood Kaye Leigh.” Becki said
“Is she with you?” One of the guys
“Yes, she’s my wife.” Jeff replied.
“What did you do?” the other guy
said. Everyone laughed.
Kaye Leigh heard and did not find the
situation funny at all, so she started doing laps so she would
not have to talk to anyone.
“This whole thing has become a
nightmare.” Jeff said wearily.
“We’ll figure it out, don’t worry.”
Becki assured him.
“Before we’re divorced?” he asked
with a weak smile.
“Hopefully, but if not you will just
have to marry her all over again.” She said laughing. They
had gotten into the whirlpool, but Kaye Leigh was still
“Hey is she ok?” One of the guys
asked Jeff. He stood up and looked; Kaye Leigh was under water
“Is she trying to die?” the guy asked
“She is just having a couple of rough
days.” Becki said. “She’ll be fine.”
When Kaye Leigh came up and was
getting out of the pool, she saw Jeff and Becki in the
whirlpool laughing together. Anger coursed through her.
“I’m going back to my room.” She told
them. They looked over at her.
“You ok Kaye Leigh?” Jeff said. Kaye
Leigh ignored him. She should not be angry she was sure Becki
would never do anything with Jeff but she was not sure he
would not try.
“Want us to come?” Becki asked.
“No I know my way.” She replied as
Jeff hurried after her; she was
waiting for the elevator when he caught up with her.
“Can I stay with you tonight?” he
asked. She turned and looked at him, she wanted to say yes,
but she knew she had to let him go now.
“No.” Kaye Leigh said.
“Kaye Leigh…” he started.
“I said no Jeff, now go back to Becki.”
She said as she got into the elevator. He just stood there and
looked at her.
When the door closed, Kaye Leigh took
a deep breath, if he would have forced the issue she would
have crumbled. When she got to her room, she took a shower,
got into her nightgown, braided her hair, climbed into bed,
and cried for hours.
Jeff did not go back to the pool; he
went to his room, changed out of his wet clothes and prayed.
He wanted Kaye Leigh to be there with him allowing him to
comfort her. He was shocked when she said no after this
afternoon, and he wondered about her comment about going back
to Becki. When he finished praying he got into bed and laid
there starring at the ceiling.
Becki came to Kaye Leigh’s room early
the next morning; she was going over to the auditorium with
“Are you ok?” Becki asked.
“I’m fine; I had a little trouble
sleeping last night.” She said a little coldly.
“Let’s get Jeff, have some breakfast,
and head over to the civic center.” Becki said.
“Jeff knows his own way!” she said
“Did I do something Kaye Leigh?”
“No, I just want to talk to you; I
already told Jeff that I needed time alone to talk to you.”
“Ok then let’s go.” Becki said. They
headed out of the room, they decided to go somewhere near the
civic center so that they would have more time to talk.
“I told Jeff he didn’t need to come
today.” Kaye Leigh said as they walked in.
“Why?” Becki asked.
“The less I see of him the stronger I
become.” she replied.
“Where’s your cross?” Becki asked
noticing for the first time it was gone.
“I gave it back to Jeff, I don’t need
it, you can have it. I can find comfort within myself.” She
“Why would you want me to have it?
Are you giving up on your faith?” Becki asked.
“Like I said I don’t want it, let’s
just say I am rethinking things.” She answered. Becki shook
When they were seated and served,
Kaye Leigh looked at Becki and said “Becki I am filing for
divorce Monday when we get back.”
“You’re not even going to give him
some time to prove it isn’t true?” Becki asked.
“Waiting won’t lessen the pain, I
know he had an affair even if I don’t want to believe it,
pictures don’t lie Becki; I looked close enough to find
anything that would prove they weren’t true. I know Jeff’s
body better than anyone does, or at least I thought I was the
only one who knew it. I know you want to believe him Becki but
I need your support and not lectures.” Kaye Leigh said.
Becki looked at her friend and seen
that all the spark went out of her eyes.
“I will always support you and be
there for you no matter how I feel Kaye Leigh.” Becki said.
“Thank you, I want you to stay in
Texas longer with me, but I want you to have no contact with
Jeff once we get back.” She said.
“I’ll stay but why don’t you want me
to have contact with Jeff?” Becki asked shocked.
“It has to be that way or you can go
back to Michigan.” She said.
“Ok I’ll stay away from him.” Becki
Jeff found Becki when he got to the
“How is she today?” he asked.
“Not great but she’s great at
pretending.” She replied. She was going to tell him about her
conversation with Kaye Leigh this morning, but Kaye Leigh came
over to them and she did not want to make her mad.
“Hi.” Jeff said. Kaye Leigh looked at
him and nodded.
“Can you do something for me Becki?”
“Of course, what is it?” Becki
“Check and see if they put the last
book out, it hadn’t gotten here yesterday and I forgot to
check this morning.” She said.
“Sure, I’ll go do it right now.”
Becki said getting up.
“Thanks.” She said.
“Kaye Leigh.” Jeff said taking her
hand before she could leave.
“Jeff, I have to go.” She said.
“I love you Kaye Leigh.” He said as
he let go of her hand.
When Becki got back, she sat down
with Jeff and told him about what Kaye Leigh had said at
“She told me to go back to you when I
talked to her after she left the pool.” Jeff said.
“She couldn’t be thinking that
something is going on between us could she?” Becki asked
“I’m not sure what’s going on in her
head anymore Becki.” He said. “So when we get home you can’t
even talk to me huh?”
“That’s what she wants, but what I do
are two different things.” She said laughing.
Kaye Leigh was back in the room
waiting for the introduction to start. Seeing Jeff had
unnerved her for a few minutes, especially to see him with
Becki. Finally, she heard Lacey’s voice so she went to the
side of the stage that she made her entrance from, she could
see Becki and Jeff laughing about something, she just glared
at the two of them.
When Lacey was done, she walked out
onto the stage and waved.
“Good morning, thank you for joining
me for the last day.” She said. People clapped as she looked
around. She spotted Sam sitting in almost the same spot, as he
was yesterday, she shook her head. “Well, I see Sam is back
again today, so he must have gotten something out of
yesterday’s session or he wants to continue the discussion
with Jeff, we will have to see.” Kaye Leigh said. Everyone
“Today after I am done I will be out
in the lobby signing books, and hopefully meeting a lot of
you.” She said Kaye Leigh started with the ending of her
marriage and went through writing her first book, and first
speaking engagement. “Thank you very much I will see you in
the lobby.” She said walking off stage.
Becki and Jeff met her in the lobby.
“You were great, except for that
little announcement at the beginning.” Becki said.
“Well your opinion means little to me
right now.” She replied.
“What is your problem Kaye Leigh?”
“Why don’t you leave Jeff?” she said.
They could not continue because people were already out. Jeff
went back to the hotel.
She had been signing books and
talking to people for over an hour when she heard, “Could you
make it out to Sam?” Kaye Leigh looked up, people were
watching so she could not tell him exactly what she wanted
“Sure.” She replied grabbing the
book and writing “Sam and Morgan, all the best, Kaye Leigh
Williams-Rutherford” then she handed it back to him. Sam read
it and laughed.
“Tell me what happened to your eye
Kaye Leigh, did your husband do that?” he said.
“That’s enough Sam.” She said
“What don’t you want your loyal fans
to know what your husband is?” he said.
“Leave now please.” She said.
“I will when you tell them the truth,
Kaye Leigh, you make sure you tell everyone the truth about
me, so why hide about your new husband?” he asked.
“Jeff didn’t do this Sam I ran into
the bathroom door.” She said quietly knowing he was not going
to believe her. Sam laughed.
“Do you believe that?” he said
looking around at the others. “What she doesn’t want you fine
people to know is that her husband did this when she found out
he was having an affair with my wife.” He said loudly.
Kaye Leigh could feel tears coming
and tried fighting them.
“Please Sam leave.” She said.
“You’re telling the people all of
your other information, so make sure they know the whole
truth!” he said loudly.
“Sam get out of here now!” Becki
“They have a right to know that you
don’t have the perfect life you pretend to Kaye Leigh.” He
Kaye Leigh stood up.
“What do you want from me Sam? Do you
want me to admit that yes I made a mistake in the man I
married again? Will that make you happy? You want me to tell
the truth fine, I found out this week my husband is having a
few affairs. Now the world knows my troubles.” She said tears
were falling but there was nothing she could do about it.
“More than one affair Kaye Leigh?” he
said shocked. Kaye Leigh just looked at him.
“What will make me happy Kaye Leigh
is for you to accept the truth and admit that you and I belong
together.” He said.
“Tell me that you love me!” Sam had
grabbed her arm; she jerked her arm away from him and ran out
of the lobby.
“I want him arrested.” Becki said.
“Someone call the police.”
“I did nothing to be arrested for.”
Sam said laughing.
“Harassment is enough.” Someone said.
A couple security people led him from the building.
“I’m sorry everyone, Kaye Leigh is
done for the day.” Becki told the crowd. “Kaye Leigh obviously
has had some private matters come up and she wanted to make
sure everyone got what they paid for. The only comment I will
make regarding what Mr. Thomas said is that someone is trying
to hurt Kaye Leigh and Jeff; the allegations are false,
despite proof otherwise. We feel that this matter will be
cleared up and that all of the people behind it will be
brought to justice.”
“Kaye Leigh is very sorry and has
said she will be giving everyone a refund.” Becki read a note
Kaye Leigh had written.
“Tell her that isn’t necessary.”
“Everyone has problems, no one
expects her to be perfect.” Someone else yelled. “Tell her to
take care of herself.” Everyone started clapping.
“Thank you so much all of you for
understanding. If you write your names and address’s down she
will make sure everyone gets signed copies of her latest
book.” Becki said.
Kaye Leigh was sitting in a room
sobbing; she did not understand why this happened and why Sam
was so insistent on tormenting her. Becki found her after
everyone had left.
“Are you ok Kaye Leigh?” she asked.
“Yes.” Kaye Leigh replied. Becki
looked at her with her eyebrow raised.
“Ok no, but I certainly will be.” She
said wiping her face off.
“What’s the deal with a couple of
affairs? Do you think something is going on between Jeff and
me?” Becki asked.
Kaye Leigh ignored the question.
“Let’s get back to the hotel and get
ready to leave this city.” She said. Becki decided not to push
the issue about her and Jeff.
“No one wants refunds, they want you
take care of yourself.” Becki said. Kaye Leigh smiled.
Kaye Leigh went straight to her room
and told Becki that she wanted to be left alone for the night.
“If you need anything at all give me
a call.” Becki said hugging her. She nodded.
Jeff met Becki in the restaurant in
“Is Kaye Leigh coming?” he asked when
she got there.
“No, she went to her room and wants
to be left alone for the night. She had a rough time while
signing books.” She said.
“What happened?” He asked.
“Sam caused a huge scene.” Becki
said, she went on to tell Jeff the whole story. “It ended with
Kaye Leigh running out in tears and Sam being arrested.”
“I should have hurt him when I had
the chance.” He said.
“No you shouldn’t have, that wouldn’t
do Kaye Leigh any good.” She said.
“I don’t understand why he is
tormenting her, especially when he claims to love her so much?
I hate seeing her like this and he seems to be enjoying it.”