When she got back up to the house,
Kaye Leigh went to get the mail, and then headed into the
house to get a drink. Setting the mail down on the counter
she poured herself a glass of iced tea and then sorted through
the mail. There was a letter in a yellow envelop addressed to
her. Kaye Leigh looked at the return address. Morgan Thomas,
who was that? Kaye Leigh had to think for a moment before it
sank in Morgan was her ex-husband Sam’s wife. Kaye Leigh
wondered why she would be writing to her.
Grabbing her tea, and the letter she
went outside to the swing. She sat down, opened the letter,
and unfolded it. A quick glance told her that it was not a
very long letter. Kaye Leigh sighed, took a drink, settled
back, and began to read.
that you and I do not know each other very well and I know
that I have no right to ask you for anything, but I am
wondering if you would allow me to come to Texas and meet with
you. I have a few things that I would really like to talk over
your books and that is one of the things that I would like to
talk about. Sam is another, I love my husband very much, but I
am afraid that I am going to lose him because he thinks that
he has a chance with you again. I do not know how you feel
about him but I need your help if you are willing. I hope that
you can find it in your heart to talk with me.
What happened to make Sam think he
had a chance with her? Why did this come up after so many
years? She had finally made peace with her past. Silently she
prayed for God’s guidance. Kaye Leigh was still sitting on the
swing with the letter in her hand when Jeff pulled in.
“Hi there, how’s my girl?” Jeff said
as he came up the steps.
“Hi, I’m good and how’s my man?” she
“Very well now that I am with the
woman I love.” He said smiling at her and sitting down next to
her. Kaye Leigh looked at him and smiled.
“What’s wrong?” Jeff asked. “Why do
you look serious?” Kaye Leigh handed him the letter. Jeff
opened it and read it.
“Interesting.” Jeff said when he
“She wants your help to keep her
“Looks that way I guess.” She said.
“What do you think Kaye Leigh?” Jeff
Kaye Leigh looked at him and said “I
don’t know Jeff; I don’t know why all of the sudden Sam would
think he had another chance with me. I don’t understand. What
do you think?”
“I think that you should call her and
see what she has to say.” Jeff said bitterly.
“Are you mad at me?” she asked him.
“No of course not, I’m just not
thrilled that she wants to talk to you about Sam, I will be
honest about that.” He said.
“Well I will call her tomorrow and
she what she had in mind.” She said. “I love you Jeff.”
Jeff could see that his reaction
upset her and he had not meant to upset her.
“I love you too K, when will the kids
be home?” He asked.
“Not for a while.” Kaye Leigh
replied. He stood up and took her hand,
“Come with me then.” He said. Jeff
led her up to their bedroom intending on showing her just how
deep his love for her was. Kaye Leigh just looked at him
thinking how much she loves this man.
When the kids got home, they were of
course, so Kaye Leigh made them all something to eat. They
told them all about their day, they were all very tanned.
They had a great day and had made plans to go the lake often
over the summer. When they were done, the kids went up to
change so they could go riding. Kaye Leigh and Jeff went to
the stable to get the horses ready. Curtis was in there as
“We’re going to have to stop meeting
like this, people will start to talk.” He said laughing.
“Whatever Curtis.” Kaye Leigh replied
but she looked at Jeff to see his reaction. He was laughing.
“I trust you a hundred percent K.” he
said know what she was thinking. He gave her a hug.
One of the guys said, “Don’t say that
too loud, Tim is already asking if something is going on
between you two.” Curtis looked shocked.
“He’s just upset because he got
talked to today about being more respectful to me.” Kaye Leigh
said. “Just don’t pay attention.” The guy laughed.
“I figured it was something like
that, he wasn’t really happy after you left this morning.” He
The kids had just come in. Curtis and
Jeff helped the girls onto their horses. As they were leaving,
Tim came into the stable.
“Evening Curtis I see the boss is off
riding off with her husband.” Tim said.
“Yep she’s off with her family; by
the way you need to keep your opinions to yourself regarding
me and Kaye Leigh.” Curtis said. “She loves her husband and
would never leave him for anyone or anything.”
“I was angry when I said that, I’m
sorry Curtis.” Tim said.
“It’s ok this time, like I said
before you’re a good worker.” Curtis said.
“I’ve got some chores to finish
before I head into town.” Tim said.
Kaye Leigh and Jeff were enjoying the
time with the kids, all of them rode well. The kids loved to
race just not against Kaye Leigh. While they were racing back
and forth, she and Jeff went to sit by a tree. Jeff sat down
and pulled Kaye Leigh down to sit in front of him.
“They never want to race me.” Kaye
Leigh said trying to pretend to be hurt.
“That’s because you never lose.” He
“I can’t help it that Skye’s one of
the best racing horses.” She said. Jeff wrapped his arms
around her and pulled her back so she was leaning against his
chest. Kaye Leigh loved to be in his arms, she felt safe and
“I’m going to call Morgan tomorrow
after the kids are out doing whatever it is they have planned
for tomorrow.” She told Jeff. She felt him tense up beneath
“Ok.” He replied tightly.
“Mom, Uncle Jon, and Alexis are
coming.” Josh yelled to her. Kaye Leigh and Jeff stood up so
they could see. Jon is one of Kaye Leigh’s brothers and
Alexis is his oldest daughter. Kaye Leigh waved at Jon.
“Hi Jon.” She yelled when he was
close enough to hear.
“Hi sis, what’s wrong you look upset
about something?” Jon replied as he got off his horse. Alexis
went to join the other kids.
“Hi Jeff.” Jon said shaking his hand.
“Hi Jon, what brings you out our
way?” Jeff asked.
“We haven’t seen you guys in a while
and Alexis wanted to go for a ride.” Jon told them. Jeff loved
all of Kaye Leigh’s family but she was particularly close to
“So tell me what’s wrong sis?” Jon
“Nothing.” She replied. “What’s
happening over your way?”
“Nothing we’ve just been working. I
had to work overtime last night.” Jon said looking at Kaye
Leigh with concern.
Jon moved down to Texas from Michigan
a little over a year ago. He got a job at Pleasant Ridge
police department in the K-9 unit, which was just a little way
away from Peace Ridge. Miranda, his wife, is head of the
pediatric department at Pleasant Ridge Hospital.
They all sat down again.
“What’s been happening in your
world?” Jon asked.
“Not much, my next book is being
released Tuesday.” Kaye Leigh said.
“Kaye Leigh got a letter from Sam’s
wife today.” Jeff said. Kaye Leigh just looked at him; she had
not planned to tell Jon.
“What did she want?” Jon asked a
“She wants Kaye Leigh’s help in
keeping her husband. She said Sam is thinking he has a chance
with Kaye Leigh.” Jeff said. Jon looked at Kaye Leigh.
“I hope you’re not even considering
it.” Jon said.
“I’m not discussing this with you
Jon. I know how you feel about Sam and I certainly understand
it.” Kaye Leigh said with a look that told him she would say
no more on the subject. Jon just looked at his sister, he
loved her, but at times she was too nice and she owed Sam
They sat and visited for a while,
catching each other up on all they had heard from the family
back in Michigan. Their parents, Brent and Amanda Williams
and their brother Rich and his family all live in Michigan.
“Well sis I need to be getting back.”
Jon said getting up.
“Yeah so do we.” Kaye Leigh said
“You guys come over for dinner
sometime.” Kaye Leigh gave Jon a hug.
“You be careful with Sam, Kaye
Leigh.” He whispered in her ear as he hugged her back. “I’ll
have Miranda give you a call.” He said louder.
Jon and Alexis headed the opposite
way; they live about five miles from Kaye Leigh. She, Jeff,
and the kids headed back to the stable.
“We’ll take care of the horses, you
guys go get ready for devotions.” Jeff said.
When they finished they went in and
had devotions with the kids. Tonight was Dan’s night to lead
the devotion. When they had finished and prayed the kids went
to bed and Kaye Leigh went out to sit on the porch swing.
Jeff came out a few minutes later.
“Are you mad at me because I told Jon
about Morgan’s letter?” he asked as he sat down next to her.
“I wasn’t going to tell him. So why
did you do it?” She replied.
“Because you had no intentions of
telling him and I thought he should know.” He said.
“You just want someone on your side.”
Kaye Leigh said.
“I’m going up to bed.” Jeff said. He
stood up and bent down to kiss her good night, then went
inside. Kaye Leigh stayed out on the swing and prayed that
God would give her direction where to go with the situation
with Morgan. Joshua 1:9 this is my command be strong and
courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged, For the Lord your
God is with you wherever you go. Flashed across her mind,
she gave a little laugh. Be strong? That was not something she
could say she has been where Sam is concerned. Finally, she
went up to bed.
When Kaye Leigh got into bed, Jeff
said, “I’m sorry you’re angry with me Kaye Leigh, I love you
though.” Kaye Leigh leaned over and kissed him.
“I love you too, and I’m not really
angry I just don’t understand why you are so angry.” She said.
“You really don’t understand?” he
asked her. “How would you like it if Sharon wanted to talk to
me?” Kaye Leigh laughed.
“I know you love me, I wouldn’t have
a problem with you talking to her. I might be upset if she
still wanted to be with you, but I still wouldn’t be mad at
you for talking to her.” She replied.
Jeff sighed and said “Good night Kaye
Leigh.” She just rolled over away from him and did not say any