When he decided to spy on his wife, the last thing he expected was to discover that she had hidden talents.
For months he had thought she was having an affair. She had suddenly started experimenting with makeup and new clothes, then started joining new ‘friends’ for the theatre, opera and shows, all things she knew he had no interest in.
His suspicions grew when she came in late and he found a man’s tie in her coat pocket.
Nothing too drastic I suppose, but as she had said she was out with the girls, his mind went into overdrive.
Then he became angry.
He’d given her everything. They had no money worries, a lovely home, and had both agreed not to have children. He wasn’t comfortable challenging her, so instead he decided to follow her.
She went out as normal, kissing him goodbye and telling him she shouldn’t be late. He’d casually asked where she was going and she said the local town hall where they were putting on a play.
Shortly after she’d left, he got his coat and car keys, and made his way to the hall.
Sure enough she was there with a circle of people he didn’t recognise, but there didn’t seem to be one individual that stood out for her attention.
They all went inside and he quietly followed, buying a standing room only ticket at the kiosk.
His eyes soon adapted to the gloom, and as the curtain and lights went up, he saw her friends, but she was not amongst them, neither was there an empty seat to suggest she would be watching the performance.
He was about to leave when a familiar voice made him turn in disbelief.
His wife was on stage dressed in a glamorous sequinned gown as the band began to play, and she began to sing.
Not only could she hold a tune, and a high note for that matter, but could dance too!
Her partner led her across the stage to an Astaire and Rogers routine, and his wife was flawless.
They’d be married fourteen years and he’d had no idea, only having heard her sing doing the household chores from time to time.
Feeling a first class heel, he left quietly, deciding he should take more of an interest in her interests, and perhaps she would then include him in her ‘secret’. He grinned as he realised he was actually quite proud!
Written for Fandango’s Story Starter 13th September