“My new boss’ what?” retorted Tom. “You can’t even admit to it. Doesn’t that make you feel bad about yourself? Ruin your self-esteem? Get away from this guy. He may have money, but that’s about all he’s got going for him. The team he just bought is in trouble financially. This stadium is only partially built and will take a hell of a lot more money to get it finished. We expect him to bankroll it, and I expect you to bring it to his attention, because he won’t give me the time of day to have a proper meeting with him.”
My jaw dropped. Why does Michael surround himself with such dishonest people? I was definitely at my limit when Michael spotted me. He took me aside and simply said, “Let’s blow this joint!” We made it back to the hotel room and I immediately went into my bathroom and started crying.
Michael tried to console me, but I simply had enough. I told him what Tom had told me. Michael was furious and called an emergency meeting with several high-ups, including Tom, in this new organization he’d just purchased—Tom was fired on the spot in front of everyone. Michael immediately started restructuring his management chain, as if he’d never left the corporate office.
Then, he turned to me and directed me to order dinner in for the two of us. We enjoyed the rest of the evening in the jacuzzi, eating dinner and watching movies. This would be our last trip together, as Michael soon realized the toll his lifestyle was taking on me. I wasn’t his precious ex-sugar baby Kate. I wasn’t as easygoing. I wasn’t OK with being tossed into the shark tank without a life vest. I was strong, independent and loved who I was, but who I was simply no longer meshed with what Michael wanted.
This struggle would soon be over. At the end of this trip, Michael’s driver took me home. Before leaving, Michael gave me a very handsome check. On the memo line, he wrote, “To buy a new car,” but realistically, it was for the weekend, plus six months worth of expenses. He did care for me in his own way, and wanted me to make my own decision when it came to seeing him or not—and he was not going to make it an easy one.