His double life
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 ï¬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 supportingdual families - did he skimp on us so he could splurge on them?
No wonder he loved going back time and again to the same hotel for a holiday - it was so convenient for him to sneak out and spend time with his other family!
I was in shock and seething with rage, but I was also disappointed and heartbroken.
I ran out of the cafe and caught a cab back to the hotel. Fred didn't chase after me - I wasn't sure if I felt relieved or upset at that.
Learning to deal
Fred didn't return to the hotel until late that night. By then, my eyes were swollen from crying and I'd packed my bags. I told him I was going home the next morning.
Fred tried to persuade me to stay, saying we needed to work things out.