"and H-How, exactly, did you think that having an affair would help our marriage?"
"Baby, I'm home!" His voice echoed through the empty living room as he made his way inside his home.
Steven smelled coffee and freshly baked scones in the air. He loved coming home to this-his wife baking. Although he had asked her to join him in the office to do what she was born to do, she chose to sit back, take care of his two storied home and bake and he loved her for that.
Stephanie looked up from slicing cheddar grinning as he strode into the kitchen.
When he first met her, she was talking about all kinds of baking experiments she had done during the week with Alawa -her childhood best friend.
It was an annual gala organized by his company and he was escaping from the seething claws of a woman he didn't even remember name of. He had just taken a seat, tired of running around in his own party, when he noticed Stephanie across the table. She was talking about muffins he had never heard about, dressed in pale pink flowy gown, her brown hair in some fancy up do.
Her enthusiasm about cakes and pastries was enough to brighten his entire week.
Later that evening, he had discovered of her being a Kent and also heir apparent of the Kent Industries.
He couldn't approach her that night but he didn't fail to miss her heart-melting smiles and the influence she had on people she communicated to.
"Hey! How was work?" She asked sprinkling the cheese on fresh scones just taken out from the oven.
"Boring as always and I missed you." He answered wrapping his arms around her waist pulling her in for a thorough kiss.
"I missed you too." Stephanie murmured after slightly pulling way.
"There's a family get together dinner at my Mom's. Do you want to go?"
"I'd love to! But do you think your other family members will like it? Me there?"
"You are family, okay? My parents are happy to have you and others shouldn't matter." He squeezed her hand lightly.
Times like these, she wondered what had she done to deserve him in her life. He settled down on the chair grabbing a scone while Stephanie arranged another batch on the tray.
Just when she turned around to ask about the new proposal deal, his phone blared.
Steven glanced at his phone." Just a minute." He excused himself after that.
She could hear his muffled laughter through the doors. She heard him call the other person on the phone Shada. He looked very happy and his voice had a different ring to it.
Stephanie felt a stirring uneasiness in her gut that she was trying to avoid.
She looked up to find Steven shrugging on his jacket, his blue eyes glittered with joy perhaps, confusing and scaring her. She had a cold realization that she was looking at the face of a different Steven. This wasn't the same person she loved.
"Where are you going, Steve?" She asked abruptly as he reached for his keys.
"Nowhere that is of your concern." He snapped as he headed towards the door. She watched him hurry into his car, completely bewildered by his demeanor. Hurt had slashed through her. He never spoke to her in that manner. Tears lined her eyes as pain ripped through her. Stephanie could feel pain in her gut, her heart.
She didn't understand what was going on and she didn't recognize the person that had just left her. He was just completely different- that wasn't the same person she had married two years ago.
Something was happening and Stephanie knew that something was going to hurt her, turn her life around, up side down.