Mr. Brown, my older married lover, had just told me that he needed to talk to me about something important, but I wasn’t quite sure what it was. It turns out that his wife had told him all about the lunch date that she and I had. She had told him about everything—like that she had shared the details of their marriage and her father’s money. And then he told me something even more shocking: she had given him permission to date me.
I was in shock. Mrs. Brown had known all along—she didn’t need spies or cell phone records. Mr. Brown said that his wife thought I was a great girl with a good head on her shoulders. We couldn’t go public with our relationship—Mrs. Brown still wanted to protect her money, estate, and family name, so it still needed it to be kept under wraps. I told him I was OK with that arrangement. We really didn’t want to rush into anything anyways, and now we had a chance to at least be together without sneaking around his wife.
Mr. Brown also asked me if I wanted to go to a conference with him in Georgia. But I told him that I needed to spend more time with my kids this summer before they went back to school. And then he dropped another surprise—the kids could come along and we could stay on the beach in South Carolina. He said that he had already cleared it with his partners down there, and we could use their condo for a full two weeks.
I told him that I thought it was a wonderful idea, and that I was sure the kids would love spending time on the beach. He then pulled me in towards him and kissed me passionately. He grabbed my hand and we ran out of the office. As we headed back outside, I saw Mrs. Brown laughing and coloring with the kids while eating hamburgers and hotdogs.
We walked back towards the table and she winked at me again. All I could do was grin from ear to ear. She told me that she thought I had beautiful, well-behaved girls, and that she knew that I was a good person. I couldn’t believe this was happening. I looked at Mr. Brown and he looked at her. They both nodded their heads and then he asked my girls if they had ever been to the beach. They both said “No” in unison, and then he revealed that we’d be going in just a few months. They both shrieked with excitement and immediately started talking about dolphins and fish.
Things could only get easier from here. I knew there would still be challenges ahead in our relationship, but at least we would be able to work through them without hiding from his wife. We still had to keep other people from finding out, but since I knew that Mrs. Brown was OK with it, things would at least get a little simpler.
I watched Mrs. Brown as she got back in her Cadillac with her driver. They honked and waved. I looked over at Mr. Brown to see him smiling. “Let’s get the kids and go to the park,” he said. I was exhausted and so were they, but we decided to go anyways. It was probably the best day we had ever had in our relationship thus far.