Kaye Leigh did
not go with them to the airport, she had cried all morning
helping everyone get ready to leave and then when they leaving
she broke down again, so they told her to stay home and rest.
Becki had gone with Jeff, while Curtis stayed with Kaye Leigh.
you do me a favor Monday?” she asked when she went out to the
stable after she had calmed down.
“Sure boss what
is it?” he asked.
“Well I’ve been
extremely mean to Becki these past few days and I want to make
it up to her and you. I want you to take her into Pleasant
Ridge for the day, go to the show, and take her shopping and
whatever else she wants.” She said handing him an envelope
with money in it.
“Why don’t you
take her?” he asked. “You don’t have to make anything up to
“I really need
to make an appointment to get into the doctor Monday and I was
going to go see Pastor Mark if I could.” She said.
“I can do that
for you then, anything for you.” He said smiling.
you’ve been a really great friend, just one more thing please
don’t mention this to Jeff.” She said. Curtis looked at her.
“Why what are
you hiding from Jeff?” he asked.
just don’t want him to worry more about me, and I don’t want
anyone to know that I’m going to see Pastor Mark yet.” She
“Ok, I will
keep my mouth shut then.” He said. She gave him a hug and
They had not
told their parents that she was pregnant, Jeff wanted to tell
them before they left, but Kaye Leigh did not want to, she did
not want them to know before she left. Kaye Leigh spent the
rest of the afternoon finishing the arrangements so they could
leave Monday while everyone was gone and getting everything
ready so that everything would go to Jeff once the divorce was
finalized. Not only was she leaving the ranch to him, but she
was leaving most of the money with him too.
When Jeff and
Becki got home, Kaye Leigh had dinner ready. The kids had gone
to stay at friends houses and would come home after church
tomorrow. Curtis had come for dinner, and then they sat down
and watched a couple of movies. Kaye Leigh cleaned up the
living room and kitchen before she went up to bed; Jeff was
already in the room when she got there.
She went into
the bathroom to change and when she came out Jeff said, “I
have something for you Kaye Leigh.” She looked at him.
she said smiling.
and lift up your hair.” He told her. She did as she was asked.
When she lifted her hair, he put a necklace around her neck
and clasped it in back. It was a cross exactly like the one he
had given her when they rededicated their lives to Christ.
beautiful, thank you Jeff.” She said with tears in her eyes.
She wrapped her
arms around him and kissed him deeply. When they broke apart,
he looked at her and said. “Are you sure Kaye Leigh?” she
nodded and kissed him again, later she fell asleep wrapped in
her husbands’ arms knowing that this part of her life was
morning Jeff asked if she was going to church.
“Not yet.” She
said. “I’m not ready.” He smiled at her.
“I’ll be with
you whenever you are ready.” He said.
She kissed him
and said “Thank you.”
was gone, Kaye Leigh packed some of their things and put them
in the truck where they would not be seen. She wasn’t going to
leave a note this time, because there wasn’t anything left to
say, she wasn’t coming back and he, she was sure wasn’t going
to look for her.
Pastor Mark had
asked about Kaye Leigh and said that he would try to get out
and see her this week.
“Jeff, how are
you holding up?” Mr. Fisher asked.
“I’m good.” He
“That’s good to
hear.” Mr. Fisher replied.
When he left,
Jon looked at him and said, “What was that about?”
“Not sure.” He
“You seem in a
better mood today.” Jon said. “I take it you’re getting
through to Kaye Leigh?”
Jeff smiled and
said, “I think were making progress.”
service, Jon and his family came over to Jeff and Kaye Leigh’s
for a cookout.
“Hi guys, I
wasn’t expecting you today.” She said when they got out of
“I invited them
over for a cook out I hope you don’t mind.” Jeff said kissing
not.” She replied thinking that it would less time for her to
deal with everything else and they had a great afternoon
When they were
leaving, Kaye Leigh gave everyone a hug and said good-bye.
“What are you
up to Kaye Leigh?” Jon asked.
“What do you
mean?” she said.
kind of strange, like you’re not going to see us again.” He
silly, I’m just saying good bye.” She assured him. “You’re
making too much out of it.” He smiled at her.
sure.” He said.
“I am Jon.” She
said. He kissed her cheek and turned away so he would not see
she had tears in her eyes.
“Watch out for
her, she’s acting strange.” Jon whispered to Jeff.
“I will.” He
“Are you ok?”
“Yes, just a
little emotional.” She said. He laughed and gave her a hug.
That night when Kaye Leigh said goodnight to Dan and Faith she
started to cry again.
“Are you sure
you’re ok?” Jeff asked when they got to their room.
“Yes, I’m fine
just being silly. You know the kids grow up fast.” She said.
“You are silly
you know that right?” he said hugging her.
“I know this is
what happens when I am pregnant.” She told him.
“Well you can
be silly anytime you want to.” He said.
Jeff.” She said kissing him.
Leigh.” He replied.
Early in the
morning, she woke Jeff up with a kiss.
She said smiling at him.
“What time is
it?” he asked.
“You’ve got a
while before you have to get up.” She said kissing him again.
Kaye Leigh had
gone down stairs to start coffee and breakfast. The kids were
getting ready for school, and Jeff was getting ready for work,
this was going to be their last time together.
“That was a
great wake-up call.” Jeff said kissing her and putting his
arms around her. “You will have to wake me up like that more
often.” She smiled at him.
“I love you
Jeff, I always will.” She told him.
“I love you too
Kaye Leigh. I will see you tonight.” He said and gave her a
was gone Kaye Leigh hurried upstairs, took a shower, got
dressed and got the rest of their things packed, she would
have to have Jeff pack up the bigger things and she would have
him take them to Mr. Fisher, then he could send them too her.
Curtis was down
stairs waiting for Becki so they could go into Pleasant Ridge.
“What are you
going to do today?” Becki asked.
to the doctor.” She said.
have to let us know what they say.” Becki said.
“Have a great
time you two.” She said hugging both of them.
When she was
sure they were gone, she loaded the luggage into the truck and
headed to the school to pick up the kids.
“Hi Sally, I
need to get Josh and Grace please.” She said when she got to
the office at the school.
call them down.” Sally said. “Will they be back today?”
won’t.” she said.
“Hey mom what
are you doing here?” Dan asked.
“I need to take
Josh and Grace to an appointment.” She said quickly, hating
herself for lying to him.
said coming in.
“Hi guys, do
you have everything?” she asked.
go.” Kaye Leigh said. She held the door open for them.
“See you later
mom.” Dan said.
“Why are you
getting us out of school?” Josh asked.
somewhere.” She said.
“Why isn’t Dan
and Faith going too?” Grace asked.
not coming back.” She said wiping away tears.
“What are you
talking about mom?” Josh said stopping.
about it later, now come on Josh.” She said.
dad aren’t you?” he said still not moving.
“Come on Josh
please we need to go.” She said.
“Not until you
call dad and tell him what you’re doing.” He said.
get into this car now!” She yelled. He glared at her. “You can
be mad all you want to Josh, but you will do as I say.” She
He got into the
truck and slammed the door. Grace got into the back and she
was crying. They arrived at the airport and had gotten their
luggage checked in just as their flight was being called to
board. Kaye Leigh hurried the kids onto the plane and got
settled in their seats.
“Where are we
going?” Josh snapped.
Carolina.” She replied.
“Oh where you
lived with Sam, is that what this is about you want to be with
him?” Josh said.
voice down Josh, I know you’re mad at me and that’s fine, but
until you can treat me with respect I will not explain
anything to you.” She told him.
question mom, do you love dad?” Josh said looking at her.
Tears filled her eyes.
“I love him
more than anything Josh, nothing will ever take the place of
him in my heart, but he deserves more and I know you don’t
understand that right now, but someday you will.” She said
“Does this have
anything to do with Sam?” Grace asked.
“No honey it
doesn’t North Carolina is the last place anyone would think to
look for me, and I know the city were going to a little,
that’s why I chose it. I thought we could live close to the
ocean.” She said.
“What about the
baby?” Josh said. “Is dad going to be able to see it?”
gotten that far Josh.” She said. “We will talk more when we
get there and get settled.”
Curtis had gotten back to the house around three, Jeff was
there with Faith and Dan, Jon, and Alexis pulled in right
after Curtis and Becki.
“Hey guys, do
you want to go to the show with me?” Alexis asked the kids.
“Is it ok dad?”
“Sure, go have
some fun.” Jeff told them. He gave the kids a hug.
When they had
left, Curtis asked, “What’s wrong?”
left.” He said.
“I got these
today at the office.” He said handing Jon an envelope. Jon
opened it and read the papers inside.
through with the divorce, giving you the ranch and most of her
money.” Jon said shocked.
calling her but she was already gone by then. She took Josh
and Grace out of school and left, no note or explanation or
anything.” He said.
“That’s why she
wanted Becki and me out of here.” Curtis said. “How could I
have been so stupid?” He sat down and put his head in his
“What are you
going to do Jeff?” Becki asked.
“Give her the
divorce.” He replied.
“What are you
talking about?” Jon said.
“I can’t make
her come back and I can’t chase her again.” He said.
“I thought you
said you would never give her up.” Becki said tears falling.
“I thought she
loved me enough not to leave me.” He said.
not fair, you know how she is!” Jon said angrily. “You can’t
“I can and I am
Jon.” Jeff said getting up. “She’s free to do whatever it is
she wants.” He went into the house.