I woke from my troubled sleep as tired or more tired than when I had gone to bed. I could tell from my wife's eyes that she was in the same boat. Her face was pale and her eyes red; probably from all the tears she had shed the previous evening and night. I glared at her then started to turn and enter the master bathroom. When she opened her mouth to speak I raised my hand for silence. "Jennifer, there is nothing more to be said unless you are going to tell me you have decided NOT to go to the banquet this evening."
Her face flushed in fresh anger and I completed my turn. On my way to the bathroom I reiterated my statement from the previous evening. "If you go through with this it will be the largest mistake of your life. It will cause you and your company serious trouble and will end our marriage."
In the mirror I could see the anger leaking out of Jennifer's eyes. Finally she could hold it in no longer. As she was gathering up her work clothes she began speaking-and not in a conversational voice I might add. "Damn you Clovis I've told you and told you that my attendance at this party is mandatory and my participation in the team building exercise is also. I don't know where you got the idea that anything untoward was going to occur but that just is not the case. Management of all levels are required to attend and the doors are locked for the duration of the meeting. How in the world you can believe my attendance is optional is beyond me. I have gone to all your mandatory gatherings for years and played the good little wife. I don't know why you think you do not have to attend mine. OK, OK, I admit you will be on your own for the duration of our meeting but so what? We will be together for the social hour and banquet. I just can not believe you would rather believe the rumors you have been told me about my company instead of what I am telling you goes on at the team building exercises."
Jennifer was staring into my eyes in the mirror as she delivered her diatribe-the same one I might add that she had delivered several times in the past week-almost word for word even. Her face blanched further when she met my eyes and saw my clenched jaws. Without a further word she turned and walked from the room. I suppose she didn't believe me when I told her I KNEW what she and her superiors were planning for the evening. I suppose part of her disbelief was due to the fact she did not realize I had been friends with the husband of a woman who had refused promotion to management in her company when she found out what she had to do if she accepted the promotion. As much as I hated to admit it to myself I believed that man more than I did Jennifer because I had verified his statements.
After Jennifer told me she had accepted promotion I had placed bugs in her purse, computer bag and car. There was a recorder in her car also. I now knew what my friend told me was true, that newly promoted female or male members of management, no matter what the level were expected to have sex with their superiors of the opposite sex during the meetings. At least one of the sex acts had to be in the presence of their spouse or significant other. All of the sex acts were in sight of any attendees present at that time. Admittedly most of the sex occurred during the sequestered executive meetings and it was always done as nearly fully dressed and discretely as possible. By that I mean the "ladies" were expected to wear no underwear and skirts that would facilitate penetration while sitting on the lap of their male partner. They would have intercourse while the meeting went on around them, then when the male had reached orgasm they would change seats.
Jennifer had been extremely upset three months ago when I got angry with her for accepting the promotion to management level in her company. She had never understood why I had not even wanted her working at her company. I had told her repeatedly that I did not approve of management practices and that I had heard that the managers took advantage of their subordinates sexually. I do not know to this day if she had known this and didn't care or if she did not believe me but I did know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she knew what was expected of her at this meeting. As soon as she had been promoted I had installed listening devices in her purse, computer case and brief case as I stated earlier. I had hours of damning recordings of her discussing what was expected of her at the banquet.
I suppose I was supposed to be kept in the dark totally but it was assumed that if I did find out about it I would accept the infidelity because company policy dictated it only happened at the "promotion banquets" once a year and only with the newly promoted members of the opposite sex. As far as I could determine all management was squeaky clean and they did not dally with each other at any other time or in any other way. I did not care how "moral" or above board they were throughout the year. If Jennifer went through with this "team building" exercise the marriage was over. She would never get the chance to go to another as my wife. In fact, just the fact she was seriously considering doing this was enough to damage the marriage, perhaps to end it.
When I walked into my office the volume of conversation died down to almost nothing. I could see all my coworkers in sight stare at me as I walked into my office. I knew I looked like hell and I was fairly sure my face showed my anger. I was Vice President of security at our company. We had many defense contracts so we used many high Tec devices for our security. I was going to use some of these to catch my cheating wife and destroy her employer. I hoped I could do all I had to do and still keep my job but, no matter what, I WAS going to do it.
My Personal Assistant followed me into my office. Donna closed the door and looked at me. She said, "Well Clovis, you look like hell today. Are you ill? Is there anything I can do to help?"
I sighed and replied, "No, just sit and keep me company on the last day of my marriage."
Donna gasped and said, "Oh, Clovis. Surely there's some way to keep your marriage. Whatever has happened?"
I explained what I had heard in the past and what my bugs had picked up over the last three months. When I was finished Donna looked at me in shock and, I thought, sorrow then she said, "You really don't believe Jennifer will go through with this do you? You two are more in love than almost any couple I know. I can't believe she would go through with that silly initiation."
"Donna I spent all night arguing with her. We only got about four hours of sack time and not much of that was sleep. She keeps telling me she knows the rumors I have heard are wrong and that the only things going on are awards, team building exercises and socialization. I still don't know if she thinks I am stupid or if she believes she can fuck around on me and I will accept it. I told her that if she goes to this meeting and I even suspect she has sex with anyone not only she but also the company will be sorry and that it will end our marriage. She just stared at me and walked out heading to her office. She was carrying a garment bag with the most revealing cocktail dress I have ever seen inside it. She told me she would not have time to come home and ORDERED me to meet her at the banquet hall."
"I have had my attorney prepare the papers and I intend to be there at the banquet when she and her company are served. I just hope I can make it through the evening without doing anything that will necessitate Darren firing me.
Donna looked very uncomfortable after I had made my little speech. Finally she sighed, shook her head and left the room. On her way out she said, "Clovis, I hope you know what you're doing. I don't want to lose you but if it comes to you or the well being of the company you know Darren will fire you. Clovis, I'm so sorry. I, I want to help you if I can. You know how I have felt, how most of us have felt about the actions of your wife's employer for years. You're not the only one who had heard the rumors. In fact we were so surprised you allowed her to work there."
Needless to say I didn't get much work done that day. In fact, I took vacation beginning at 3 p.m. because as I told my boss and Donna I just didn't feel well. By now they both knew why I had taken off of course. I had already told them I would be at the meeting of my wife's company and I intended to disrupt her celebration.
I had hired a PI to assist me in my investigation of my wife so I could be sure I had good evidence for my proposed future actions. We had installed cameras and recording devices in all the rooms Jennifer's company had rented for the evening, even a "hospitality suite" most of the banquet's attendees would never get to see.
I was at the hotel early and did a recon of the rooms listed as being used by my wife's company. I decided which doors I would use, where I would walk and watch. I even took the time to render some of the locking mechanisms on strategic doors inoperable. I just hoped the hotel did not find them and repair them before the meeting.
.... There is more of this story ...