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I Wanted to Teach My Husband a Lesson for Cheating on Me, but Life Punished Me Instead

Caitlin Farley
Jul 03, 2024
10:05 A.M.

Bethany's perfect life shatters when she discovers a love note hidden in her husband's jacket, hinting at his infidelity. Devastated and consumed by betrayal, she spirals into a quest for revenge that may destroy the very family she cherishes.

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My name is Bethany, and I had everything a woman could ask for: a devoted husband, Noah, and two wonderful kids, Darcy and Jake. Every morning, I'd wake up feeling blessed, thinking, "This is it. I've made it."

Until one mistake destroyed everything.

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A woman crying | Source: Pexels

It was a Friday afternoon, and I was doing one of those deep cleans where you end up finding all sorts of forgotten treasures and junk. I was sorting through Noah's jackets, wondering how one man could need so many, when I felt something crinkle in the pocket.

Curious, I pulled out a folded piece of paper, thinking it was an old receipt or a shopping list.

I unfolded the note, and my heart stopped. The words blurred as my mind tried to make sense of them.

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A woman frowning at a note | Source: Pexels

"I'll never forget Friday night. You were the best! I love you! I hope you will still divorce her and we will have the children we dream of!"

My hands shook. My first thought was denial. No, this couldn't be true. Noah had said he was working late that Friday. He even brought home a project he was supposedly working on.

I felt a wave of nausea wash over me. I sat down, clutching the note, my mind racing.

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A heartbroken woman | Source: Pexels

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For days, I was a mess. My perfect life began to crumble. I couldn't look at Noah without seeing those words, imagining him with someone else. The betrayal cut deeper than I ever thought possible.

I became distant, preoccupied. Noah noticed, of course, but every time he asked if something was wrong, I brushed him off with a weak smile and a "just tired, that's all."

Darcy and Jake sensed the tension too.

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A boy and girl reading | Source: Pexels

Darcy would ask, "Mommy, are you okay?" And I'd plaster on a smile, trying to reassure her. But the cracks were showing, and everyone around me started to notice.

Friends invited me out, sensing I needed a break, but I couldn't bring myself to go. I was drowning in a sea of confusion and hurt.

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One evening, after another silent dinner, I couldn't take it anymore. I needed an escape, a distraction from the pain gnawing at my insides.

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A serious woman | Source: Pexels

So, I did something I'd never done before. I went to a bar alone. The dim lights and low hum of conversation felt like a cocoon where I could hide from my reality. I ordered a drink. Then another. And another.

"Is this seat taken?" a smooth voice interrupted my thoughts.

I looked up to see a charming stranger with a warm smile. His name was Mark, and he had this easy confidence about him.

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A man at a bar | Source: Pexels

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"You look like you've had a rough day," Mark said, leaning in slightly. His cologne was a mix of something woodsy and spicy, comforting yet exciting.

I laughed bitterly. "You have no idea."

"Wanna talk about it?" he asked, genuinely curious.

I shrugged, sipping my drink. "Just… life. It has a way of throwing curveballs when you least expect it."

He nodded sympathetically. "Tell me about it. Sometimes, you just gotta say screw it and do something crazy."

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A man and a woman at a bar | Source: Midjourney

His words echoed in my head. Crazy. Maybe that's what I needed. Something to shake me out of this torment.

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Maybe it was the alcohol or the fact that I was desperate for any kind of comfort, but I found myself flirting with him.

As the night went on, I felt a strange sense of camaraderie with Mark. He was a distraction, a way to forget the pain, even if just for a moment.

"Let's get out of here," Mark suggested, his voice low and inviting.

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A man speaking to a woman at a bar | Source: Midjourney

There was a dangerous allure in his eyes, something that told me he was more than willing to be my escape for the night.

I hesitated. "I don't know… I shouldn't."

"Why not? Life's too short to play it safe all the time," he said, leaning closer. "Come on, let's do something wild."

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As if on cue, my phone buzzed in my purse. I fished it out, seeing Noah's name flash on the screen. Anger flared up again, hot and bitter.

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A woman staring at her phone | Source: Unsplash

Without a second thought, I declined the call. Who was he to check up on me now? After what he did?

"Okay," I said, the word slipping out before I could second-guess myself. "Let's go."

We left the bar, the cool night air hitting my face like a wake-up call as I waited while Mark called a cab. But I was too far gone to turn back now. My phone buzzed again, and I ignored it, my resolve hardening with each moment.

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Mark's place was a charming bungalow, the kind that screamed bachelor. We barely made it through the front door before we started kissing, a desperate, messy clash of lips and hands. It was all so fast, too fast. My mind was spinning, my heart racing.

Suddenly, the sound of a car door slamming outside broke through the haze. I pulled away from Mark, my breath coming in ragged gasps.

I stumbled to the window, and my heart sank. Noah's car was parked right outside.

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An emotional woman peering out a window | Source: Pexels

"What the hell?" I muttered, my panic rising.

The front door burst open, and there he was, his face a mask of fury and hurt.

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"Bethany!" he shouted, his voice raw with emotion.

"Get out, Noah!" I yelled back, trying to sound strong, but my voice cracked. "You have no right to be here! How did you even find me?"

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A man and woman arguing | Source: Midjourney

"I tracked your phone's location when you didn't answer my calls. I thought you were in danger…" his eyes darted between me and Mark. "What the hell is going on here? Are you out of your mind?"

"Am I out of my mind?!" I screamed. "What about you? Cheating on me, lying to me! I found the note, Noah! I know everything!"

Noah looked like I'd slapped him. "What note? Bethany, I never cheated on you. I swear!"

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"Liar!" I screamed, tears streaming down my face. "I saw it! The note in your jacket. I'll never forget Friday night. You're the best and I love you! How you're planning to divorce me and have children with her!"

His face paled, and for a moment, I thought he might collapse.

"Bethany, that's not true. I don't know who wrote that, but I would never do that to you, to our family."

I was shaking, my mind a whirlwind of emotions. "Then explain it! Explain why it was in your jacket!"

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"I can't," he said, his voice breaking. "I don't know how it got there! Is this why you've been so distant lately? Why didn't you talk to me?"

"Because you would've denied it, just like you're doing now!" I shot back.

Noah flinched. He looked at me, his eyes filled with so much pain, but then his expression hardened.

"So, this is your solution?" he gestured to Mark. "Instead of talking to me, you go out and hook up with the first Casanova you find?"

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A man shouting | Source: Midjourney

Even in my drunken state, his words hit hard. Before I could respond, he made a disgusted sound and stormed out.

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Emotions overwhelmed me and I collapsed onto Mark's sofa in a crying heap. I passed out soon afterward.

The next morning, I dragged myself back home, hoping to find some semblance of normalcy. But the house was eerily quiet. Noah and the kids were gone. I felt a pang of guilt and dread as I wandered through the empty rooms.

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An empty house | Source: Pexels

I decided to confront Noah at his office, needing answers. When I arrived, his secretary, Lisa, gave me a smirk that sent chills down my spine.

"Well, if it isn't Mrs. Perfect," she said, her voice dripping with sarcasm.

"Where's Noah?" I demanded.

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"He's not here," she replied, looking far too pleased with herself. "Is something wrong? Maybe you found something that's made you blue?"

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A woman working as a secretary | Source: Midjourney

"Found something?" I took in Lisa's low-cut top and smug attitude. A shocking realization hit me. "Oh my God, you wrote that note!"

Her smirk widened. "So what if I did? I've been in love with Noah for years. I thought if I could make you think he was cheating, you'd leave him, and he'd finally see me."

I felt like I'd been punched in the gut. "You… you destroyed my marriage for what? A fantasy?"

Lisa shrugged. "I did what I had to do. Guess it worked."

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I stormed out, my mind reeling. How could I have been so blind? So easily manipulated? I had doubted Noah all because of a jealous woman's scheme.

Back at home, the weight of my mistakes crashed down on me. I had been so consumed by my own pain that I didn't see the truth. I had hurt Noah, hurt my children, and for what? A lie.

I tried calling Noah, leaving messages, but he didn't respond. He had every right to be angry, to feel betrayed. I had pushed him away, and now I was paying the price.

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A woman crying while using her phone | Source: Midjourney

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In the silence of our empty home, I reflected on everything that happened. Trust and communication, I realized, were the foundations of any relationship. Without them, everything crumbles.

I sat down and wrote a letter to Noah, pouring my heart out. I apologized, begged for forgiveness, and promised to do better. I told him I loved him and that I understood if he needed time. But I hoped, someday, he could forgive me.

In seeking revenge, I had only punished myself the most. It was time to start making things right.

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A woman crying | Source: Pexels

Do you think I deserve another chance?

Click here to read Mark's story about how some strange receipts among his wife's things led him to uncover her double life.

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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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