“That was such a great game.” Jon
“Josh and Dan were great.” Curtis
“They were all great.” Kaye Leigh
“Kaye Leigh I’m going to ride home
with Jeff.” Curtis said. Kaye Leigh looked at him.
“Whatever just give me my keys.” She
“Kaye Leigh don’t ask me to choose
sides.” He said.
“Did I say you had too? What about
you Becki?” she said.
“I don’t want to leave you alone.”
“I know my way home.” She told her.
“Fine, I really rather be with
someone more pleasant at the moment.” Becki snapped.
“You can all live with Jeff as far as
I am concerned.” She said picking up her chair and heading
towards her truck.
“Sorry about that guys.” Jeff said.
“She’ll get over it and be fine, I’m
sure it’s because she really wants to be with you.” Jon said.
“I don’t think that’s it.” He said.
Jon went to walk with Kaye Leigh.
“Kaye Leigh, I know that you’re in a
lot of pain right now, but you can’t take it out on Curtis and
Becki because they want to associate with Jeff.” He said. Kaye
Leigh shook her head.
“Hey mom!” Josh yelled as he was
running towards her.
“Great game kid.” She said smiling at
“Really great Josh.” Jon said.
“Thanks, hey mom Dan wants to know if
I can stay with him and dad tonight.” Josh asked.
“You can’t keep them from him.” Jon
“If you want to.” She told him.
“Go have fun.” Jon said. Kaye Leigh
could feel the tears coming again. Jon gave her a hug.
“It will get better sis.” He said.
Jon put her chair in the truck and hugged her again; Kaye
Leigh wiped off her face and said good-bye to Jon.
Jeff was watching her, he could tell
that she was crying, but he did not know what Jon was talking
to her about.
“Is Kaye Leigh ok?” he asked when Jon
“She’s missing you and the kids more
than she cares to admit.” Jon said shaking his head. “She can
be extremely hard headed at times.” Everyone laughed.
“I’ve never noticed that.” Jeff said.
“Dad, Josh is coming over, so pick us
up at the high school.” Dan said.
“Ok, I’ll be there.” He said.
“I’m surprised she’s letting Josh
“I’m thinking she wanted to say no,
but couldn’t.” Jon said.
Kaye Leigh pulled into her driveway a
little over an hour later. She had cried most of the way home
so her eyes hurt. When the lights hit the front of the house
it looked like her door was wide open. She got out of the
truck and started up the steps, she heard a crunching noise
under her feet and bent down to see what it was, she grabbed a
piece of whatever it was and felt pain in her hand.
“This is ridiculous.” She muttered
and reached in the door to turn on the porch light.
Glass was all over the porch, she had
cut her hand when she picked up a jagged piece, and it was
bleeding all over. She took off her sweatshirt, wrapped it
around her hand, and went back to her truck. She climbed
inside, locked the doors and dial Jon.
“Kaye Leigh?” Jon said.
“Where are you?” she asked.
“Almost to the high school, what’s
wrong?” he asked her voice was shaky.
“Someone broke into the house, the
door is wide opened, and the window is smashed.” She said
trying not to cry. She told everything that she had done.
“Stay in the truck, I’ll be there in
a few minutes. I’m going to get Jeff.” He said.
“You don’t need to do that.” She
“Just stay in the truck Kaye Leigh
and if you see anyone, get out of there!” he said and hung up.
Jon pulled into the high school
parking lot and found Jeff.
“Some one broke into the house, Kaye
Leigh is in the truck.” Jon said.
“Let me have someone run the boys to
the apartment and I will be right behind you.” Jeff said.
After about ten minutes the guys
pulled in, Jon had called the police, they pulled in right
“Are you ok Kaye Leigh?” Jeff said
when she opened the door.
“Yes.” She said. “I cut my hand on
some glass though.” Jeff took a hold of her hand and held it
under the light from the truck.
“I will take care of that when we can
go into the house, keep pressure on it.” He said.
“Can we go in yet?” Kaye Leigh asked
“We’re making sure no one is in the
house, so it will be a few more minutes.” He said. Jeff put
his arm around her shoulder.
“Why did you go up to the house?” Jon
“I seen the door was open but I
didn’t notice the window at all.” She said.
“You should have never gotten out of
the truck when you seen that the door was opened.” Jeff said.
“You guys can go in now, there are
some officers still working inside so try not to touch
anything. We also have men looking around out here and talking
to any of the workers that were here at the time.” An officer
Jon went in first; when Kaye Leigh
went in, she stopped in her tracks in complete shock. Their
house was destroyed; the furniture was cut up, frames where
shattered, she was cut out of pictures. This was all meant for
She started crying and asked Jon “Who
would do this?”
Kaye Leigh left the others and walked
around the house by herself; everything was pulled from the
cupboards, dishes were broken, chairs at the dinning room
table were broken, words were carved into the dinning room
table. She went upstairs, she seen that the doors were broken,
or off their hinges. Looking in the kids’ room their monitors
for their computers were smashed, their beds destroyed,
writing on the walls. Kaye Leigh finally made it to their
room; she shut her eyes afraid of what she was going to see.
Everything was destroyed; her clothes
had been taken out of drawers and the closet. They were ripped
and cut up. The shower curtain was cut up, the mirror was
smashed. The mattress was cut up, the sheets were destroyed.
All of this was beyond Kaye Leigh comprehension.
She sat down at the window seat and
cried. Jeff had come upstairs, he took her in his arms, and
she let him hold her.
“I’m so sorry Kaye Leigh.” He said.
After a few minutes, he said, “Let me
take care of your hand.” She nodded. He grabbed some supplies
out of the bathroom and worked on her hand. When he finished
Jon had come up and told them that the police wanted to talk
They went downstairs, answered
questions for over an hour and finally the police left but
told them they could not stay there tonight.
“Kaye Leigh and Becki can stay with
me.” Jeff said.
“We can stay at Jon’s.” she said
“Sorry Kaye Leigh but you can’t
everyone is sick with the flu.” Jon said.
“How convenient.” She said. Jon
“It’s true, why do you think I’m
alone tonight? Just go to Jeff’s you know you want too and now
you have a ready made excuse.” He said. Kaye Leigh looked at
him; he just smiled back at her.
“We’ll start cleaning up tomorrow.”
“Let us grab some clothes, if I have
anything left.” She said. Kaye Leigh went upstairs to try to
find some clothes, she had hardly anything left. She found two
pairs of jeans that she could wear, one had a tear in the
knee, three shirts, some under garments, but all her sleeping
clothes were shredded. She picked up one of her nightgowns and
her wedding picture was beneath it smashed.
Kaye Leigh and Becki followed Jeff to
his apartment; the boys were already there and had had their
“The boys have the living room, Becki
you can have Faith’s room, Kaye Leigh you can have my bed and
I will sleep on the floor.” Jeff said.
“Hey mom, Becki what are you doing
here?” Dan asked coming to hug them. When it was Kaye Leigh’s
turn, she held onto him a little longer, not wanting to let
him go, she missed them more than she realized.
“Someone broke into the house, so
it’s not safe to stay there tonight.” She said. Dan smelled
like soap and Josh’s hair was still wet.
“Wow.” The boys said together.
“We’ll talk about it more in the
morning, right now it is extremely late, and everyone needs to
go to bed.” Jeff said. He showed Becki her room. He only had
one bathroom so they had to take turns.
“Jeff, can I borrow one of your
shirts to sleep in?” she asked.
“Sure, let me grab you one.” He said.
When she got a shirt she went into the bathroom, changed,
washed her face, and tried not to cry some more, Jon was right
she wanted to stay with Jeff, but she didn’t want to admit it
even to herself. When she finished she went into Jeff‘s
bedroom. He was getting pillows and a blanket to sleep on the
“You don’t have to sleep on the floor
Jeff.” She said quietly.
“I don’t want to upset you anymore
than you already are Kaye Leigh.” He said.
“It’s fine Jeff, please.” She
“If you’re sure.” He said. She nodded
and got into bed; he turned off the lights then got into bed
next to her. When he looked at her standing, there in his
shirt, it astounded him and he longed to take her in his arms.
“Thanks for helping tonight Jeff.”
“I’m always going to be here for you
Kaye Leigh no matter what.” He told her.
“This is a little place.” She said.
“Well I was hoping that I wouldn’t be
here too long, I’ve got plans for a house being drawn up.” He
said. Kaye Leigh felt a lump in her throat.
“I wasn’t sure if you would stay in
Texas.” She said.
“You’re having our baby Kaye Leigh,
I’m not leaving.” He told her.
“I didn’t mean anything by that
Jeff.” She said quickly.
“Ok, I’ll sign the divorce papers
this week.” He said. Kaye Leigh did not say anything but
rolled onto her side facing away from him.
He knew she was crying even though
she was trying to hide it.
“This is exactly what you wanted Kaye
Leigh.” He reminded her. She did not respond but the tears
came harder. Jeff had to prevent himself from taking her in
his arms, he laid there listening to her cry, but he did not
want just another night, he wanted a lifetime. She would come
to him when she was ready, he knew she still loved him,
finally Kaye Leigh fell asleep.