Jack jumped on the bed with a huff. “So what’s the deal with Mc dreamy down the hall.”
“What,” I say with my heart sunken to my feet.
“Come on I’m not stupid, I see their is something between you guys, something unfinished.” Jack said.
“Look, he’s someone from my past okay.”
Jack sit up, “ yes I know this, that’s why he’s in our guest room.”
“I don’t want to talk about it,” I say getting annoyed.
“And why not.” He said playfully.
“Because I don’t want to,” I respond.
“And why not,” he said agian with more force.
“BECAUSE, I don’t want to,” I said again.
“Jack! Seriously I don’t want to talk about it. Why is that so hard to understand.”
“I don’t know maybe because I want to know who I’m married to.” Jack said.
“That’s not fair.”
“That is fair now what is so bad that you can’t tell me, just tell me! What did he do that was so bad. ”
“ I can’t!”
“Why can’t you.”
“Because he’s the reason I had to leave, he’s the reason that-.”
Jack sat back down as the tears start steaming from my eyes, “ what are you talking about Chase, you said there was an accident.”
He looked at me, and I nodded, “there was no accident, but if you want to still wake up tomorrow morning and love me the way you do, you will stop asking questions. Please.”
Jack came over to me a huge me tight, and I felt safe, and more guilty for lying to him for so long. He looked at me “ look, whatever it is I want to know eventually, but I’ll leave you alone.” He give me a long passionate kiss, “for now.”
The next morning the breakfast table was real quiet, nothing but silverware hitting plates and silent chewing. There was darting eyes, shooting across the table.
“Daddy,” Deardra one of the twins say, breaking that silence.
“Yes, sweetheart,” Jack replies.
“Who’s that?” She said pointing her fork at Tyler.
He puts down his fork passive aggressively, he wipes his mouth roughly, “that’s your father’s friend.”
It went silent again, before Drea chimes in, “ I didn’t know dad has friends.”
Jack gets up and grabs his plates clearly bothered and put his dishes in the sink, “that’s the thing about your dad isn’t it, he’s full of surprises.”
He finishes washing his plate and checked his watch. “Time for me to head out, not without my kisses.”
He goes over to the kids and shower them with kisses, he passes by me and I was getting ready for my good bye kiss, when he walked passed me. I felt my heart sink and break a little.
“Okay then,” I said slightly bitter, “ Ill see you after work.”
Jack’s response was a loud slam of the door. I put up the kids dishes and wash them as they get ready for school. As I was turned around, Tyler came up and wrapped his hands around my waist. I quickly jerked them off.
I turn to face him, “ you are not allowed to touch me, you can’t do that.” I say trying not to alarm the kids.
Tyler grabbed me and pulled me close again, are lips were real close, “ I remember you liking this,” he said real seductively.”
I was tempted but didn’t give in, I push him way. “Get out.”
He looked at me side ways, “ I don’t think you want me to do that.”
My hand started inching twords a knife, “ and why not?”
“Because,” he said pushing his hand through my hair.
“Because what?” I said just reaching the knife, but then stopped by Tyler’s quick hand.
He came closer and whispered in my ear, “ because if I leave, then your little husband will know everything, and I mean everything.” He pulls aways and grabs an apple as he crosses paths with the kids.
“We’re ready daddy.” Said Deardra.
I was scared out of my mind, he was clearly the other Tyler, the one that is dangerous. I have to get him away from here. I have to get my family away from him.
“Daddy? DADDY!” She repeated.
I snapped back to reality, “ yeah, baby what is it.”
“We’re ready to go to school.” She said.
“Okay.” I grabbed my keys headed out the door, as I closed it behind me, I was contemplating real hard if I should ever come back. Being alone with him is worse than the truth coming out. Maybe I should have just told him last night, things wouldn’t be this complicated.