CHAPTER TWO

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It took me a moment to register what I was looking at.

My brain didn't want to process the fact that I was looking at my husband kissing another woman and it was trying to convince me that it wasn't him. It wasn't Nathan. That was not his face buried in her chest. Those were not his hands on her waist. Those were not his legs spread to her sides. It wasn't his hair. That body was not Nathan's.

But how could it not? I was looking right at them.

The thought of Nathan cheating on me had crossed my mind more often in the past few months. Mostly because of all the time he spent away from home. I knew it wasn't fair for him for me to doubt him just because he worked a lot but I couldn't help it sometimes. Of course one thing was thinking about it but looking at him with another woman was a whole other.

What are you going to do, Hannah?

Run or fight?

It was one of the longest seconds of my life. Before I even made up my mind on what to do, the woman turned her head and she gasped when she saw me. I realized that it was Julia Robinson, one of my neighbors. She was married. She took a few steps back, covering her chest with her hands. And then I looked at him. My eyes widened.

It wasn't Nathan.

It was Seth. Seth was the one cheating. On Evelyn. My friend. This couldn't be happening. I opened my mouth in surprise as Seth and I looked at each other for a moment. He straightened up. "Hannah—"

I shook my head then turned around and started walking away. He reached out and grabbed my arm and pulled me against the wall. His grip was strong but he didn't seem to care. Seth has transformed right before me. He narrowed his eyes at me. He didn't seem nervous that I had discovered his secret. No. He seemed angry and that scared me.

"You're hurting me," I said to him pulling my arm away.

"Sorry," he said letting me go. "Listen, what you saw in there—"

"You can't ask me to stay quiet." I told him bravely because I knew that that was where he was going. I couldn't believe it. He was cheating on Evelyn under their own roof. Their house. He couldn't be more cynical. I never admitted it to myself because I had no reason to feel this way but I had always felt weird about Seth. There was always something about him that didn't sit right with me. I've never said anything because well, he was my best friend's husband and my husband's friend and partner. But now, I wanted to hit him. He disgusted me. How could he do this to Evelyn?

He narrowed his eyes at me. "This is none of your business, Hannah."

"She's my friend," I said in disbelief.

He smirked at me. "Exactly. Why hurt her? That's not what a real friend would do." He reached out and touched the tips of my hair. "It's in your best interests to not say anything, Hannah. Trust me, you don't want me as your enemy."

"Excuse me? Are you threatening me?"

"Take it how you want to take it."

I suddenly felt suffocated. I needed to get out of there. I was in shock. I couldn't believe this was happening. This had to be a really horrible nightmare. I straightened up and made my way down the hall. I suddenly remembered I was supposed to bring a towel to Evelyn so I went in the bathroom and grabbed the drying towel she had there for decoration. There weren't many people in the living room as I crossed it. I avoided looking at everyone.

"Here," I said handing the towel to Evelyn, trying to hide my shaky hand. "I'm sorry I didn't find any towels in the laundry room."

"Oh, thank you," she said taking the towel and pressing it against her blouse. "I should go change anyway. You okay?"

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