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Chapter 18

Divorce

Kyle, now knowing that he was going to be tied up in Las Vegas until he could clear his name and reputation, was not sure what he should do about his wife. What should he tell her? She had already been told about his involvement with the Family, but she never would have believed him. Kyle had always taken care of his kids and made sure there was money for them while he tried to figure out what he was going to do. Kyle was back at his hotel after a terribly busy day of meeting a lot of important people and being welcomed into their Family. As he lay in bed not able to sleep with so much in his head and confused about what to do, he decided that it was time to ask his wife for a divorce. All that was going on was not fair to her, and she should be able to move on with her life. Kyle did not know how long it would take in Las Vegas to clean up his life and get out of there in one piece. The next day, he decided to call his wife and set up a meeting this weekend to talk to her about their relationship. Kyle did not want to say too much on the phone, but the conversation soon took a bad turn, and she was yelling at him about their life and calling him names. Kyle continued with the conversation and set the meeting for Saturday. It was time! Kyle woke up Saturday morning feeling refreshed after a good week in Las Vegas, a lot of great dinners, shows, and of course, gambling. The Family had offered one of their private planes to take him to Oakland. Kyle said yes, of course, and again another perk was being put in front of him. His thoughts were about his meeting with his wife, but he sure liked what he had seen so far from his new employer who did not have any money problems. Just a lot of money opportunities. On the drive from the airport, after a great plane ride with beautiful flight attendants, champagne and coffee with a warm breakfast, he was feeling pretty good, remembering what his father had told him about his heritage and that he was royalty, and he was surely being treated like it. All these great thoughts took his mind of what he was about to do. He had been married for many years and was never going to get a divorce after seeing what the divorce had done to his parents and the whole family. For these reasons, Kyle had been putting off the inevitable, but it was time now. He knew it. As he pulled up into his driveway, he noticed large trash bags full of clothes on the front lawn. This is not a good sign, he thought. Kyle walked into his home and was immediately greeted by one angry woman, throwing insults and hate all over him.

There was only one question he had and that was, “Where are my kids?”

“They are down the street with Patty, and they will stay there until you and I have it out.” His wife said

“This is not about having it out. I only thought that with all the confusion in our lives and the indiscretions that have happened, it would be a good time for this conversation.” “Fine, all you want to do is leave me. You are such a bastard!”

“Let us not get into name-calling. I think we are past that, don’t you?”

“Go to hell!”

“Nice talk, I have tried to explain my situation with you, but you will never believe what I am telling you, and that is a problem.”

“What? I do not give a shit about the mafia. Why don’t you also bring in the CIA?”

“Well, that’s good. I can see you are not taking this all seriously. I have heard a lot of guys have told their wives or girlfriends that they are working for the mafia so that they do not have to say where they have been. Well I am here to tell you that this is the truth and I am not making any of this up. You better smart up; this is the truth. Listen, we must protect our children and allow them to grow up without bad memories of their childhood or about the fighting their parents always did.”

“So you have no intention of trying to save our marriage?”

“Well, when I pull up and see bags of trash on the front lawn, I don’t know what to think. What is in the trash bags?” Kyle asked.

“Why don’t you go out there and see for yourself what is in them?”

“Okay, I will,” Kyle said as he headed to the front door.

Kyle, knowing that this was not going to be good, took his time walking out there. He grabbed the first of the seven bags and slowly opened it. He feared what he might find. Sure enough, it was his clothes, and as he inspected the other bags, he found that his wife had cut up all his suits and stuffed them in the trash bags. Kyle was fuming and angry, looking down at all his suits in pieces, and these were expensive suits that he would need in his new job. It was now more than obvious to him that the marriage was over. Time to put a fork in it. Kyle walked back into his house and found his wife in the kitchen, looking out the back window at the beautiful yard with the magnificent pool and large boulders surrounding it and creating a gorgeous ambiance, the tennis courts with lights that he had loved so much and entertained so many guests on the courts, and of course, the hot tub with luscious lawn flowing to back where the horse corrals house two beautiful mares. Kyle thought how much he was going to miss this place. It could have been the greatest home he ever owned if it were not for all the fighting and hate his wife threw at him while she stayed home and spent most of her time with her girlfriends. Kyle now approached Suzette.

“I guess you expect me to start yelling and screaming at you for cutting up my suits. Well, I guess if I still cared about us, I would, but at this point, we only need to be concerned about the children and why are you crying?”

Suzette said, “I don’t want our marriage to end.”

“Well, you have a weird way of showing it with that stunt out in the front yard. Did you think that it would make me want you more? Life is too short to be in a relationship guided by hateful deeds intended to hurt the one you proclaim to love. I wanted to love you so much, to have a happy family full of love. I did not have that when I was a kid, Suzette, and never felt the love. I chased with my heart so that I could feel what everyone said was so warm and embraced it like no other emotion, but I never got there with you. I knew we were taking a big gamble getting married so young. But I wanted to feel love and be loved so bad.” Turning around to look at Kyle, Suzette said, “I want the same things. We can make it happen.”

“I am sorry, but it is over. So listen, I have given this a lot of thought. I am going to give everything to you, the house, the furniture, and the cars. I will have my attorney draw up the papers, and we can make this as easy as possible.”

“Do whatever you want. All I want now is for you to get out of here.”

“I will, but first, I want to know where the kids are. I want to say goodbye.”

Suzette gave him hate stares. “Leave the children alone. I will tell them about our divorce.”

“No,” Kyle said. “Don’t even think that I am going to let you spin this as you have with most things to make me look like some kind of monster who does not love them. Let me continue.”

Kyle got angry and was now in her face. “Don’t you even think of causing any trouble with my kids. I have no patience left with you, and I will come down so hard on you, Suzette. You better listen well. Do not mess with me. Did you get that? You will do well financially, so you do not have to worry about the money. You will be hearing from me.” Heading up the hill to Patty’s house, Kyle had so many emotions going through him; sadness seemed to be one of them as he approached the front door.

“Hi, Patty, can I see my kids?”

Patty said, “Does your wife know that you are here?”

Kyle said with a stern look, “I am their father. Tell me where they are please.”

“They are playing in the back. I will get them for you.” Kyle was happy not to have another confrontation. “Thanks, I’ll wait here.”

The kids came running down the hall when they saw their father, and as Kyle kneeled, they ran right into his arms. Now there was some love.

Kyle said, “Hey, guys, let’s go outside for a minute. I want to talk to you.”

“Sure, Dad,” they said, and the three of them went outside to the patio and sat down at the table. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining so bright and warm, a little breeze moving the bright red flowers lining the walkway, a picture that Kyle will have in his heart and memory as he had to tell his kids that their mom and dad were getting a divorce. Right before Kyle got started with the kids; Patty came out with some lemonade.

Kyle said, “You know that I have not been around much, having to work to keep the money coming in. But you must know that when I was not here, you were with me in my heart, and I missed both of you so much. You know that I would have been here if I could have. There is no other place I would want to be than with you both.”

Kyle said now with tears in his eyes and running down his cheeks, “I love you both so much. You must always remember that.”

The children, with wide eyes looking at their dad, asked, “What’s the matter, Daddy? Why are you telling us this? Is there something wrong?”

“There is something I have to tell you, and I want both of you to remember that your mother and I love you so much. Your mother and I have decided to get a divorce.”

The kids now had tears in their eyes. “Daddy, why are you doing this? We don’t want you to break up.” Kyle’s heart broke watching them cry.

“Listen, sometimes, moms and dads just aren’t happy together, and it is best to not be together. But you guys must know that it is not because of you, or neither of you caused this. It just happens, and it is best to have separate houses.”

One of the kids said, “What are you going to do or go?”

“I will be leaving and will get my own place. I want you to remember that I am always available for both of you. I will give you my pager number so that you can get hold of me anytime you need me. You know that I will be seeing you all the time. We will have so much fun doing things you guys love to do.”

“Daddy, we love you and don’t want you to go.” They were now in their father’s arms as they held each other, emotions running strong with tears all around. Kyle wiped the tears from his eyes.

“I am going to take you guys home now, so get your stuff.” Kyle, now driving through the country roads on his way to the airport, was feeling pretty good but at the same time was feeling sad about his children. He was glad that he was honest with his wife and was relieved from the guilt that had been so heavy on his shoulders. Kyle did not want to spend the rest of his life feeling guilty living the life he had been dealt. Life was hard enough without carrying around feelings that were not happy and not positive but destructive to anything he did. Kyle made a pact with himself that he would not allow anyone to put that kind of guilt on him again. He was now free of it and could start his new adventure and his new job.

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