I walked through the front door and greeted my wife by kissing her forehead.
“Hey baby, how was your day?”
“Oh, you know. We had a bunch of brides looking for dress and wedding ideas. One of the girls said she’s planning on singing their song as she walks down the isle. How romantic is that?”
Dakota loved being home with the kids but since she started working again she seemed more fulfilled.
“Yea, that’s pretty romantic,” I smiled and looked around the house, looking for Emmett and Emmalee, who are usually jumping all over me when I get home from work, “where are the kids?”
“Did you forget? They’re spending tonight at my parents’. We’re going out with Dean and Nora.”
I did forget about that, actually.
“So go take a shower, we’re meeting them at the movies in two hours.”
About fifteen minutes later, after a much needed shower, I was walking back into the living room with a towel wrapped around my waist and I heard Dakota on the phone.
“Oh no, that sucks…ok…maybe we can do brunch tomorrow…yea, ten sound good…bye.”
“What’s up?” I asked when she hung up.
“It was Nora, she cancelled. Dean has to work late tonight.”
“That’s too bad. So what do you want to do,” I pulled her closer to me, “we don’t have the kids…”
I actually started to like this plan better.
“We can get take out and watch a movie at home if you want.”
“Sure, where do you want to eat?”
“I was thinking the new Chinese place on High Street.”
“Ya, I’ve heard good things. Call it in and I’ll go pick it up.”
“Hi, how’s it going? Pick up for Trevor,” I said to the guy at the pick-up counter.
“Your food will be ready in a minute, sir,” he said with an accent.
I was standing around, waiting for my order to be done when I noticed a familiar face at one of the tables for two. What is he doing here? Dakota said he is working late. I was piercing him with my eyes until he finally lifted his head and saw me.
We were awkwardly staring at each other for while and then I walked over.
“Hey, buddy. What…what are you doing here?” I raised my eyebrows, confused.
“Hey, Trev,” Dean cleared his throat nervously, “this is Lisa. Lisa, this is Trevor.”
“Nice to meet you,” the girl I haven’t seen before smiled up at me, “I’ve heard a lot about you.”
“Really? That’s funny because I didn’t really…”
Dean quickly stood up and pushed me away from their table.
“What the hell, man?!” I spread my arms in the air, “tell me it’s not what it looks like? Tell me you’re not sneaking around, lying to your wife?!”
“It,” he looked around, making sure no one can hear him, “it is what it looks like, ok? I can’t talk about it right now. We’ll talk tomorrow. Please don’t say anything.”
“Fine!” I agreed angrily and shook my head in frustration, “I can’t believe you.”
Luckily my food was ready and I could leave the restaurant.
The rest of my night was ruined. Dakota sensed something is off and tried to ask a few times but I couldn’t tell her anything. Not yet, anyway. First, I need to find out what is going on with my best friend.
The next morning, after we picked up the kids at my in laws, we started making pancakes, waffles and other good stuff for the branch my wife and Nora planned last night.
I was a little nervous to see Dean. Dakota was already suspicious and if she sees us talking aside from everyone, she will not let it go.
“Dig in, everyone,” Dakota encouraged our guests to start eating after she put all the food on the table and took a seat next to me.
The kids started fighting over the maple syrup for their pancakes and Nora with Dakota tried to solve the ‘problem’ which kept them busy for a little while, allowing me to give Dean a clear signal that I didn’t forget about last night and I want some answers.
“The food is delicious, honey,” I quickly complimented my wife’s cooking when she turned back to us and Dean joined me by nodding his head and shoving a big bite of french toast into his mouth.
After we ate I finally stepped out on the deck, dragging Dean behind me.
“Ok, talk to me. What’s up? Who was the woman last night?”
Dean sighed, “her name is Lisa.”
“I already know that,” I said impatiently.
“I know her from collage. She moved to town and emailed me. We started talking and now it’s kind of a…mess.”
“You think? What did you email her back for? You’re married!”
“I know! My relationship with Nora is not what it used to be. She’s busy at work, I’m busy at work. It’s just…lately we have nothing to talk about and with Lisa, it’s all…new. And easy.”
“What about Caroline? Did you not think about her?”
“Of course I did.”
I ran my hand through my hair, “what are you gonna do, man. I can’t cover for you. My wife is best friends with yours and she already thinks something is up.”
“Look, I know I messed up. I will end things with Lisa. Just don’t say anything to Dakota, please?”
“Ugh,” I let out a sound of frustration, “I don’t want to lie to my wife because you decided to. So figure it out. Fast.”
“I’m sorry I’m dragging you into this, Trev.”
“Just end things with her.”
Just as we were finishing our conversation, Dakota opened the sliding door, covering her arms with her hands in an attempt to warm herself up.
“What are you guys doing here? It’s freezing.”
Even though it was just September, it was getting really chilly outside.
“We were just talking, we’re coming in now. Just go inside before you get sick.”
“Hey, thanks,” Dean stopped me before I walked into the house, “I will figure it out.”
I was disappointed. I never thought Dean would be able to cheat on Nora.
The rest of their visit was calm. The kids were playing in Emmalee’s room and the wives were chitchatting as usual. Even though Dakota didn’t work for Hillside Daily for year, she still liked to keep up with the office gossip.
When they left, Dakota sat next to me on the couch and stared at me for a long while.
“Do you wanna tell me what’s going on now or will I have to get it out of you?”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I stood up and walked away, pretending I need something from the fridge. I should have known she will follow me.
“Really,” she folded her arms on her chest, “you and Dean were acting weird today. And, actually, you were weird even last night when you came back from the restaurant.”
“I wasn’t weird, just tired.”
“Trev, I’ve known you for a long time. I can tell the difference between you being tired and you hiding something, so spill it. Did something happened at the restaurant? Did you see Dean there?”
I just stared at her, not saying a word.
“Was he there with someone?” Dakota covered her mouth and her eyes widened as she came to a realization. “With another woman?”
“Yes,” I said quietly, “he said he will end it with her,” I added quickly.
“Who is it?”
“I don’t know, some girl from collage. Please don’t say anything to Nora. I promised I wouldn’t say anything to you.”
“I can’t lie to her, babe,” she shook her head slowly, “she’s my best friend.”
“And he is my best friend.”
“I know,” she nodded, “this is a tough situation, but if Dean doesn’t tell Nora, I’m gonna have to. I’m sorry.”
To be continued…