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I Saw My Husband Cheating on Me with My Friend on His Birthday — My Mother Made a Perfect Plan to Get Back at Him

Prenesa Naidoo
Jun 12, 2024
09:05 A.M.

When Liam's, Trina's husband, birthday rolls around, she is excited to plan something for his special day. But he reveals that he will be away for work on his birthday. Later on, the surprises keep coming when Trina discovers that her best friend is having an affair with her husband. Naturally, Trina plans a surprise in return.

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When you're in love, you trust the person that you're with. That's how it's supposed to work, right?

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A couple holding hands | Source: Pexels

I mean, that's how it was for me and Liam, my husband of three years. I never doubted him because there just didn't seem to be a reason for it.

Until his birthday rolled around and shattered my faith in love, marriage, and friendship.

Liam's birthday came around, and he told me that he had an urgent business trip to another city. He assured me that he couldn't refuse and promised that we'd celebrate later.

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Man telling wife about his trip | Source: Pexels

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"I'm sorry, Trina," he said. "But you know how important work is and I just can't refuse something like this. Work is the only way we can afford our lifestyle."

It annoyed me that every time he needed to work, Liam always brought up "affording our lifestyle."

"So," he continued. "When I'm back, we can celebrate by going out to dinner or something."

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A close-up of a sad woman | Source: Midjourney

He pulled a suitcase out from the closet and began packing.

"I'll be back on Sunday evening," he said.

Naturally, I had a heavy heart, but what else could I do?

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An open suitcase on the floor | Source: Pexels

"Fine," I said. "We can totally do that."

The night before his birthday, Liam called a cab and was off to the airport.

"I'll see you soon!" he said, slamming the cab door behind him.

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A yellow cab parked in front of a house | Source: Pexels

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The following day, as I was making myself some breakfast, my mother called me.

"Hi, darling!" she said excitedly. "What do you and Liam have planned for his birthday weekend?"

"Nothing, Mom," I replied, sipping on my coffee. "Liam is actually away for the weekend. It's for work, so he didn't exactly have a choice. We're going to celebrate his birthday next weekend, instead."

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A woman in the kitchen | Source: Midjourney

"Oh, that's too bad," my mother said. "But let's do something together today, then? I need to get a present for Mimi's baby shower, too."

"Perfect," I replied. "I'll shower and then come get you."

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My mom and I went to about eight different stores trying to find something for her friend's daughter's baby shower.

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Baby clothes on hangers | Source: Midjourney

"Come on, Trina," my mom said. "We can't get the conventional gifts for Mimi! She's eccentric and I'm sure that's going to rub off on the baby."

"You're not wrong," I chuckled.

After a while, we were both famished and needed to just sit down and catch a break.

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"Let's get some food," my mom said, already walking out of the mall and down the street across the mall.

As we were strolling down the street, my mother saw something that was about to change my marriage.

"It's just too big and too colorful for me..." I said, talking about my sister's new tattoo when my mother yanked my arm, pointing in the direction of a restaurant window.

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A woman with a tattoo holding a bottle | Source: Unsplash

"Look," she hissed.

And there they are. My husband and my best friend. Sitting impossibly close to each other in a restaurant booth.

Mandy ran her hand along my husband's cheek before she leaned in to kiss him.

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"What in the name of the Lord is going on?" my mother gasped, her eyes wide. "That is Liam, right? And Mandy?"

I nodded.

"Yes. That's Liam," I said.

"Wasn't he supposed to be out of the state?" she asked, stating the obvious lie that my husband had fed to me.

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"He was. But I guess he just wanted to spend his birthday with his mistress."

"Your best friend did this to you," my mother said, her tone flat.

"I should go in and confront them, right?" I said, shuffling my weight from foot to foot.

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A close-up of a woman | Source: Midjourney

"No, darling," my mother said, beginning to steer me away. "That's exactly what you won't be doing. But I've got a plan."

"What are you going to do?" I asked, glancing at the happily oblivious couple in the window.

"Trust your mother, Trina," she said.

My mom discreetly took a few photos of Liam and Mandy and led me to a salad bar a few doors down.

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"We're going to feed ourselves, and then I'm going to tell you how this will go down."

We ordered our salads, my anxiety coming and going in waves.

My mom's plan was brilliant, but it required patience on my part.

"Just trust the process, Trina," she said. "This is the only way it will blow up for everyone involved."

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When Liam returned from his so-called business trip, I greeted him with a happy face.

"Welcome home," I said, forcing a smile.

The week flew by in a blur as I waited to execute my mother's plan.

"Hi, darling," she said as I opened the door for her on Friday afternoon. "Liam's still at work?"

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A person opening a front door | Source: Pexels

"Yes, do you have everything I need?" I asked.

My mother gave me a pregnancy test that was packaged in a thin box. Earlier that week, she had asked Mimi to use it so that the result would be positive.

Then, she gave me the nanny cams, stashed in two little white frames.

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A person holding a pregnancy test | Source: Pexels

"You're supposed to connect it to your computer or phone and it should all be good to go."

On Saturday, Mandy and Steve came over for dinner, as per my invitation during the week.

And just like that, the stage was set.

"Did you really cook all of this by yourself?" Mandy asked, helping me set the table.

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"Yes, of course," I replied. "It's an important evening. I have a big announcement to make."

"Really?" my husband asked from his place at the table. "What is it?"

I pulled the pregnancy test out of my pocket and waved it in the air.

Liam's eyes widened and he pretended to be happy.

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A close-up of a surprised man | Source: Midjourney

"Wow!" he said. "This is a big surprise!"

Mandy looked at me uncertainly, a smile faltering on her lips.

"Congratulations, guys!" she said.

"Thanks," I replied. "Of course, you'll be the baby's godmother!"

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Mandy looked nervous but picked up a piece of roasted carrot and popped it into her mouth.

"But there's something else that I need to share as well," I said.

"What could be more important than us having a baby?" Liam asked.

"The fact that the baby is Steve's," I said nonchalantly.

The room fell silent as Steve choked on his mouthful of food.

"What?" he gasped in unison with Mandy and Liam.

"This is nonsense," Steve said. "There's no such thing."

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A close-up of a shocked man | Source: Midjourney

"We've been seeing each other for over a year now," I said, looking at Steve.

I almost laughed at my own lies.

"I think that it's time for us to come clean," I continued. "Just like Liam and Mandy. You can confess, too."

"What is wrong with you?" Liam shot back. "It looks like the hormones are getting to you, and you're out of your mind."

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A close-up of an angry man | Source: Midjourney

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Mandy ran to the bathroom in tears, with Liam hot on her heels.

As soon as they left, Steve turned to me, panic in his eyes.

"How could you lie about that?" he asked.

I pulled out my phone and went onto the app that allowed me to view the footage of the nanny cams.

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A woman holding a phone | Source: Unsplash

"This is why," I said, shifting closer to him.

"Does Trina know about us?" Mandy asked Liam, her voice echoing in the bathroom. "I don't want to lose Steve. I married him for money, and nothing will make me give that up."

Steve gasped.

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"Sweetheart, Trina is just being Trina. She doesn't know anything. Also, you look very pretty when you cry..."

Their voices trailed off and the sound of kissing took over.

"How long?" Steve asked. "How long has this been going on?"

"I just found out myself," I said. "I'm not pregnant either."

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A close-up of an expressionless woman | Source: Unsplash

Mandy and Liam came back to the table and sat down, avoiding eye contact.

"So, you've been cheating on me and staying with me for my money?" Steve exploded. "You need to get your things and get out."

"Finally," Mandy spat. "We don't have to hide anymore."

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"You will have nothing when I'm done with you," Steve said. "When we get divorced, you will have nothing to your name besides the clothes you have. There's a clause in our prenuptial agreement about cheating. Mandy, you're through. It's time to look for a job."

Mandy gasped loudly.

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A man writing on a piece of paper | Source: Unsplash

"You can't leave me with nothing," she whined.

"I can," Steve said, picking up his glass of brandy.

I turned to Liam, my voice steady.

"You can pack your things, too," I said.

"What about the baby?" he asked, his eyebrows almost touching as he frowned.

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"There is no baby," I replied. "I just wanted to see if you were genuinely excited by the thought of a baby. But you weren't."

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A glass of alcohol | Source: Unsplash

Furious, my husband followed Mandy out. Luckily for me, my mother remembered that when Liam and I got married, our prenup was similar to Mandy and Steve's. Liam would be left with just his job.

That wouldn't be enough to sustain the lifestyle we were used to because as important as Liam thought his job was, mine was just as vital.

With Steve as a witness and the nanny cam recording everything, I wasn't worried about how my divorce would play out. I had ample evidence for court if Liam decided to contest anything.

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The prenup being signed | Source: Pexels

Though I am devastated, I just feel a sense of justice for myself and Steve.

What would you have done?

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Daphne is in the middle of her brother's wedding. As a bridesmaid, she has an obligation to Denise. But when Liam surprises them all with a video revealing Denise's ultimate secrets, Daphne has no choice but to choose her brother—even if what he did was humiliating for Denise.

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This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided “as is,” and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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