Something That I Hope is Not True is the nineteenth chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on January 19, 2016.
"What?" I asked in surprise by what Zack just told me.
"I think Mom's having an affair," he repeated.
"Why would you think that?"
"Well, earlier, Darleen was reminding Mom how Dad is nothing compared to 'him'."
He shook his head. "I don't know. She never said his name, and when I asked Mom, she blushed, but didn't answer. Then after that I did some investigating in Mom's things and found this."
He held up a picture of Mom with a guy I've never seen before. He had dark brown hair and brown eyes, and he was well-built. He probably worked out once in a while.
In the photo, he was standing behind Mom with his arms wrapped around her, and they were leaning against a tree in a forest I've never seen either. It was probably autumn there, because the leaves were all orange and red. They both were smiling like they were the happiest couple alive.
I've seen pictures of my mom and dad together, and they were smiling too, but not quite like my mom was with this guy in the photo. I didn't want to think too much about it until I actually saw proof. I knew the photo kind of was proof, but my mom is a hundred years old and doesn't look a day past twenty, so a photo is practically useless in this situation..
"Where did you find that?" I asked Zack.
"In Mom's bag where she keeps all her Poké balls," he replied.
"How did you get that?"
"I just told Mom that I needed one of her Pokémon and came up with an excuse of why."
"Ok. But, Zack, you do know that Mom is a hundred years old, right? She's looked the same she has since she was twenty. This guy could be an old boyfriend of hers."
"Maybe, but it's not Dad. Why would she keep an old photo of her with some other guy than the one she's married to?"
"Probably because she misses him. She even told me about a guy that taught her how to use her powers. She never said that they dated, but when I asked her about him, she had a pained look on her face."
"It could be a different guy, Sarah. Did she even tell you his name, or what happened to him?"
"Then you're not changing my mind about this."
"Zack, don't jump to conclusions about this. Mom isn't like that and you know it."
"I may think I know her, Sarah, but I don't. Just because you honestly think that you know someone isn't capable of doing something like that, doesn't mean they aren't."
"Didn't Mom tell you that?"
"So you're gonna use it against her?"
"Zack, this picture isn't any kind of proof that Mom is having an affair since it doesn't have a date of when it was taken on it," I said. "So don't accuse Mom of having one unless you actually see proof that she is. Why don't you just ask her about the guy in the photo?"
"I don't think she'll be honest with me," he said. "How about you ask her?"
"No. You're the one that found it and are accusing her of cheating on Dad, so you do it."
"I will if I find more proof, but do you think she is?"
"I know she's not like that, so no."
"Not even with everything that's going on right now between you and Dad?"
I considered it before answering. "Maybe."
"Well, at least you said that. But how about we just keep this between ourselves and you don't tell anybody, not even Mom."
"Fine. And you let me know if you do find more proof."
"Good. Now you better return that photo before she notices it's missing."
"Not until she does realize it's gone."
"Sarah," he interrupted. "I just wanna make sure for Dad's sake, and ours, and Emily's."
I sighed. "Fine."
He left the room.
I just couldn't imagine my mom doing something like that to Dad. But with what's been going on between them lately, I just don't know. And I hate that I don't know.
Yeah, this was a really short chapter. But I wanted to write one that focused a little bit on this, because it's important. At least, it will become important eventually. What do you think about it? Do you think Raylee's having an affair, or is Sarah right that the man in the picture is someone from her mother's past? The next chapter will be a lot longer.
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- Darleen (mentioned)