His dou­ble life

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Kleenex Special -

Jane gave me a meek smile but I just stared at her. Fred ex­plained that he had met Jane four years ago dur­ing a work trip there. Jane was the wait­ress at the restau­rant that he and his busi­ness as­so­ci­ates were hav­ing din­ner at. They’d con­nected emo­tion­ally and Fred had de­cided to pur­sue the friend­ship.

When he found out that Jane and her chil­dren had been aban­doned by her ex-hus­band, Fred took pity on her and helped her out nan­cially – he tried to make as many busi­ness trips to the place as he could, so that he could look in on her more of­ten.

‘So you re­pay my hus­band’s kind­ness by hav­ing an af­fair with him?’ I asked Jane. She kept quiet and looked to Fred for help. She seemed gen­uinely dis­tressed. I watched in dis­may as Fred reached for her hand and squeezed it.

Then he turned to me and dropped a bomb­shell: ‘We’re not hav­ing an af­fair, Kim. We got mar­ried two years ago.’

I was stunned. My hus­band had mar­ried another woman? He had been jug­gling two fam­i­lies for the past two years and lead­ing a dou­ble life? My chil­dren and I had been shar­ing a fa­ther and hus­band all this while? Was their mar­riage even recog­nised? How was he sup­port­ing dual fam­i­lies – did he skimp on us so he could splurge on them?

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