Jessica knew her husband Stephen was lying about why he was going on these daily walks into the forest. He couldn’t be gone for hours on end while she was sitting at home in the middle of a pregnancy. She knew that if she wanted to figure out the truth, she would have to follow him.
But poor Jessica gets the shock of her life when she sees where her husband actually goes every day. She had nearly been following Stephen for one and a half hours by now, and Jessica was feeling exhausted. The pregnancy was really taking a toll on her, and she started to regret her decision of putting herself in danger like this just because she distrusted her husband.
But it would not be long before Jessica realized she was very right to distrust the man she had only recently gotten married to. Jessica’s eyes went wide when she first saw it. Stephen had clearly taken every precaution to make sure that nobody, especially not his wife, would find out the truth about what he was doing there. He had been successful up until now because now Jessica was finally seeing it with her own eyes. After getting over the initial shock a bit, she decided to come out of her hiding spot and confront Stephen.
Stephen had clearly not expected to see his wife here, as he was completely caught off guard by her presence. But he also quickly realized that there was no way to hide this anymore. There was no way to cover this up. He was caught with his pants down, and now he could only drop to his knees and beg his wife to forgive him.
But why had Stephen been going on daily walks into the forest? What motivated Jesse to follow him? And what truth did she discover?
As long as Jessica had been dating her now-husband Stephen, he had told her that his dream was to move closer to the forest edge of the city. At that time, Stephen was living in a small apartment in the large city center, and Jessica was still living with her parents.
So when their relationship got more serious, she eventually moved in with him. But while Stephen wanted to move shortly thereafter, Jessica had a very different opinion about that. She was fine with moving closer to the forest edge, as she envisioned her and Stephen having children together, and it seemed much healthier to have kids grow up in nature as opposed to inside the crowded city.
But she knew that if they were to move now or anytime soon, they would not be able to afford a place much bigger than this apartment, which was already small for the two of them. Children needed space outside and inside the house.
She wanted to save money together and then move to a relatively sizable house on the forest’s edge. Stephen found this extremely difficult to agree with, and he kept trying to come up with arguments to move out sooner. But the logic Jessica was using against him was flawless. Going against her wishes now would only make his desires more suspicious than they already were.
So for three years, Steven just waited it out, working as many hours as he could and saving as much money as possible. He and Jessica were very happy together, but Jessica could always find that there was something odd in Stephen’s behavior.
He could just not fully be himself. That feeling was not enough to change anything in their relationship, and they even got married because it made it easier to get a good lease on the house they wanted.
The house they were able to buy together after all those years of hard work was absolutely beautiful — freestanding, no close neighbors, and endless forest reachable right from their backyard. It was a dream, and Jessica could see how happy the move made Stephen. It was like he was finally complete, and in Jessica’s mind, this was the moment that all her worries could be left behind.
But she had no idea that this moment was actually the start of many, many more worries. The first day they had moved into the home, Stephen started to make daily long walks into the forest. He would go immediately after work, and on the weekends, he would be gone for most of the day. Something that Jessica did not mind, as she understood that he had probably looked forward to his time in the forest. Plus, he was there with her when it mattered the most, because moving to his house also set some things in motion for Jessica.
Her desire to have children with Stephen was enormous, and so she wanted to get pregnant as soon as possible. For that, she needed Stephen, but she did not need him for particularly long. And as it took two months before they got their first positive pregnancy test, it really felt like fortune was very much on the couple’s side.
At least, that is what Jessica naively thought. One thing started progressing from that moment, and Jessica’s pregnancy was quickly becoming difficult for her. She was often feeling sick and weak from it, needing help to complete simple everyday tasks. Tasks that she desperately needed Stephen’s help for, seeing as he was the only person close enough to help.
She had managed to convince his boss to let him work at home for the foreseeable future, only having to come to the office for one day a week. He also did not go to the gym anymore, instead getting some equipment for the house, and he started seeing his friends drastically less. In this time, it seemed like he was willing to make concessions on everything in his life in favor of his pregnant wife.
Except for one thing — Stephen did not stop going on his daily walks. He was not even willing to make the walk shorter for Jessica. And while the weekly time he had freed up for Jessica was more than enough, she could not help but find Stephen’s priorities in this situation very strange.
These daily walks were apparently more important to him than anything else in his life, as he could not even give an honest explanation to his wife for it. Stephen was and had always been a terrible liar, and Jessica could immediately tell from his face when he was being untruthful with his wife.
So when he told her that his mental health would most likely take a huge downturn if he were to stop his walking right now, Jessica knew that he was just making this up on the spot. It was not even a good attempt at a lie.
As one of her few grievances with Stephen had been that he was never a big believer in mental health, but she did not want to confront him with her feelings and possibly start a very big discussion with her husband. He was there enough for her, and if he really wanted to keep going on these walks, then he should be allowed to do so.
But it just did not sit well with Jessica that Stephen could not be honest with her about why he would find these walks so important. What could he possibly be hiding in these woods from her?
There was only one way to find out in Jessica’s mind, and that was to go into the forest herself and see what was there. Until now, she’d only taken short walks near the edge alone but had never gone deep in. It also did not help that he never wanted her to go with him on these walks. In Stephen’s words, they already did so much together, and this was his thing. He wanted to keep it that way.
So, on the one day of the week that Stephen had to go to the office for work and Jessica was luckily feeling well enough to journey into the forest on her own, packed up on the supplies she needed and had a rough idea of where Stephen would normally go. She had sneakily watched him go into the forest a couple of times now and found that he was walking down a small path he had carved out himself that seemed to go on forever.
Jessica was walking on the path for nearly two hours but still had not seen anything special or noteworthy, only that he kept curving slightly off to the right. She knew that there had to be something to be found here.
She could not be far away now. So when she finally saw that the path was getting broader and more sunlight was falling on the path, she was getting excited beyond belief, which she would end up being bitterly disappointed by what she found at the end.
When Jessica stepped into the open area, Jessica realized she had made her way out of the forest again. She could actually see her house very nearby. The path that Stephen had made apparently went in a circle for about two and a half hours.
Was this really the path he always took? And did that mean that he was actually telling the truth about just really wanting a simple daily walk? Had she been distrusting her husband for no reason? Jessica went home quickly and needed some time to process what she had learned.
She had been so certain that her husband was hiding something from her with these daily walks of his, but now she had no argument to really base that fear. Or was there something maybe she missed on the path? She’d been so focused on following it to the end that she might not have been able to look around enough to find the truth.
Either way, there would not soon be another opportunity where she could feel strong and healthy enough to walk the whole path, specifically on the day that Stephen was at work. Jessica felt like her only option was to trust her husband like a normal wife would, and she actually tried real hard to do so for the week after.
But Stephen was not making it any easier. From that day forward, Stephen’s behavior started to change for the worse. Jessica could not figure out why this was happening. Maybe he knew that she had taken his path into the forest or something, and he was not happy about it. But Stephen started to talk to his wife less and less, and Jessica even felt like he was avoiding her when they were in the house together.
He still helped her out when she was experiencing difficulties due to the pregnancy, but some days that was the only interaction they would have on a day. Jessica felt like she was at the end of her rope with Stephen. If this were to continue, then she did not even know if she could stay together with him, as living like this was making her so incredibly sad.
She knew that the only chance she had was to figure out the truth about what Stephen was doing in that forest and confront him with it. It was impossible that he was just out there for a walk. That could simply not be the case. And so Jessica came to the conclusion that she had to take a risk and follow Stephen into the forest.
Only then would she know the exact route to take. But Jessica had no idea how suspicious Stephen was going to be of somebody following him. If he was going to look around a lot, it might be difficult to stay out of his sight for Jessica, especially because being halfway through a pregnancy, she was exactly at her least mobile.
So Jessica decided that she had to do a couple of test runs. She ordered a pair of binoculars and started to follow Steven into the forest several times. But she always made sure that she wore clothes that made it hard for him to notice her between the bushes and always stayed very far behind him. And from those couple of test runs, Jessica managed to quickly draw a few interesting conclusions.
The main conclusion was that Steven did not seem to turn around once he was walking in the forest. From his body language, Jessica could tell that her husband was feeling totally at ease between these trees. She had even heard him whistling loudly on one occasion. She did not even know that Stephen could whistle.
This made Jessica very confident that she could quietly and easily follow him without being discovered. And that was exactly what Jessica did. She waited for a day that she was feeling very good, and then when Stephen announced that he was going for a walk this afternoon a bit out of nowhere, Jessica had to react quickly.
She knew that this was her best and maybe her only last chance to follow him, and she did not want to miss it. But because she was in such a hurry, she forgot something important. She did not even notice until she was already a few minutes away from the house. But she had completely forgotten to switch into her camo clothing.
But seeing as Stephen never turned around on any of his previous walks when she was following him, she decided not to worry about it. He was lost in his thoughts anyway, and he would probably not even notice her behind him as long as she could keep her distance. Everything would be fine. Luckily, Jessica did manage to grab her binoculars on the way out. This way she could keep an eye on Stephen while staying a decent distance behind him.
She was very nervous because she didn’t know what she would find out, and she didn’t know what would happen to their relationship when her husband found out she had followed him here. It was so obvious that he didn’t want her to know what he was doing in the forest, but that wasn’t the only reason why Jessica was feeling nervous. She had been feeling very weak and sick lately, and even though she felt good today, she knew it was going to be difficult to keep up with Stephen.
He had no idea that he was being followed, and he walked at his own pace, which was a lot faster than Jessica’s. But she just needed to know what he was hiding, and she would not give up. And as crazy as it sounds, she was also feeling excited. She was finally going to find out what Stephen had been hiding from her all this time.
She would finally know his big secret, the secret that had slowly but surely been driving them apart over time. She figured that if it impacted her life and her relationship with him so much, she deserved to know it. So she continued following him, not losing him from her sight.
It did not take long before Jessica realized why she had not found anything when she had walked past this path before. After about an hour of walking, Stephen left the path and continued his way deeper into the forest. Jessica wasn’t too happy about this because walking through the forest like that would only tire her more.
She had to work her way through the thick bushes and make sure she didn’t trip over any roots, all while keeping an eye on Stephen. Jessica was amazed that Steven knew exactly where he had to go. By now, they had reached a part of the forest that looked like no human had ever set foot on it. There were no indications of anything like a path at all. And yet, he never stopped to navigate or look for the right way. He just kept walking.
She had no idea where he was leading her to. Where the hell were they going? A million thoughts went through her mind as she imagined possible explanations for all of this. Some of the theories that she came up with were too horrible to even think about. Whatever it was that Stephen was hiding from her, it couldn’t be anything good. It had to be something that he knew would change everything if she found out. She wished she could just fast forward to the end of this journey and see what he was up to, but she had to be patient and keep following him.
After what felt like an eternity, Stephen finally stopped. He had reached a small clearing in the forest. It was a peaceful spot, surrounded by tall trees and dappled sunlight. Jessica hid behind a tree and used her binoculars to observe what Stephen was doing. He seemed to be setting something up in the middle of the clearing. Jessica’s heart was racing. This was it. She was about to find out the truth.
As Stephen continued his task, Jessica’s binoculars revealed a large, wooden structure taking shape. It looked like some sort of makeshift stage or platform. He was placing objects on it—objects that Jessica couldn’t quite make out from her distance. She needed to get closer, but she had to be careful not to give herself away.
Eventually, Stephen stepped back from the structure, seemingly satisfied with his work. He then did something that shocked Jessica. He started to sing. His voice filled the clearing, carrying a tune that was hauntingly beautiful. It was a song Jessica had never heard before, and it was clear that Stephen was pouring his emotions into it.
As he sang, Jessica’s mind raced to make sense of the situation. Was this some kind of secret talent that he had been hiding? But why? And why keep it a secret from her? She watched as he finished his song and stood there for a moment, looking at the structure with a mixture of pride and sadness.
Then, another figure entered the clearing. Jessica’s heart skipped a beat as she recognized the person—a woman, with a striking resemblance to her. Stephen and the woman exchanged a few words, and then he turned to the makeshift stage and gestured for her to stand on it.
What happened next was beyond anything Jessica could have imagined. The woman started singing, her voice blending with Stephen’s in a haunting duet. Their voices intertwined, creating a mesmerizing harmony that seemed to resonate through the entire forest.
Tears welled up in Jessica’s eyes as she watched the scene unfold. The emotions in their voices were undeniable—the pain, the longing, the love. It was a song of two souls who had experienced something profound, something that Jessica could only guess at.
And then it hit her. The truth that had been hidden from her for so long. The woman on the stage was Stephen’s sister, a sister that Jessica had never known about. She must have been a part of his life long before Jessica came along. This was their way of connecting, of expressing feelings and experiences that were too difficult to put into words.
As the song came to an end, Jessica felt a mixture of emotions—shock, understanding, and a strange sense of awe. She realized that her distrust had been unfounded, that Stephen wasn’t hiding anything malicious from her. He had simply been guarding a part of his past, a part that he was finally sharing with her in the only way he knew how.
Tears streamed down Jessica’s cheeks as she watched the siblings embrace. It was a bittersweet moment, a moment of revelation and healing. And as they walked away from the clearing together, Jessica knew that their relationship was forever changed.