It was already 3:00 pm by the time Caroline finished the discussions with the factory. Once she
left the factory, she hurriedly turned her phone on.
Marina still hadn’t messaged her. Instead, she found voice messages from Gwen.
Gwen said, “I don’t know what happened. According to my dad, a bunch of people dragged him out
of the car when he was getting off work. They let him go after beating him up.
“With the way he flirts with people, he probably offended someone he shouldn’t. That’s why he
got beaten up in revenge. It’s hilarious.”
Then, she asked, “Carol, do you want to go out for dinner? I’ll treat you.”
Caroline was smiling as she listened to the voice messages. She texted, “Sure.”
Then, she went back to the chat with Marina. She sent a message that read, “Have you found
Marina replied instantly, saying, “Not yet.”
Right after, she also sent an emoji that communicated confusion. “It’s so weird. I can only find
information about his relationship status, not who his wife is.”
“Isn’t it on the same document?” Caroline asked in a text.
“That’s the weirdest part. It’s not written there.”
Last time, when Marina had sent her Kirk’s marriage information, Caroline hadn’t noticed that the
field for his wife’s name was empty.
Caroline frowned. After some hesitation, she typed, “Could this document be fake?” However, she
didn’t send the message immediately.
She debated for a long time before deciding to send it.
Marina replied, “That’s probably impossible.”
Caroline’s heart fell. That was true. How could it be fake? If it had been fake, Kirk would have told
her that. With the way he carried on, Kirk was probably saying that the document was real.
Marina sent yet another message. “But tell your friend not to worry. I have a friend working at the
“No problem. She can wait,” Caroline replied.
But, in truth, she didn’t feel like she could wait any longer. Nevertheless, she had no choice.
After all, it was better than waiting to see what new lie Kirk would come up with this time. Investigating it herself was the better choice.
Caroline let out a breath, feeling dejected.
She had been planning to consider divorce after returning to Easton, but she had to delay it since the whole situation was such a mess.
After getting off work, Caroline had Jack pick Gwen up before heading to dinner.
Once Gwen got into the car, she started chattering about what had happened to her father. She exaggerated it a lot, making it sound absolutely pathetic.
It made Caroline smile and temporarily forget the sadness she felt because of Kirk.
The restaurant they went to was the one where Gwen had gotten drunk that one time.
The manager remembered Caroline and came forward. Respectfully, he asked, “Ms. Evans, would you like a private room?”
Caroline beamed. “You remember me?”
“Of course,” the manager said.
“When you and Mr. Sorkin came for a meal, he purposely changed his clothes for it. That’s why I
remember you so well.”
Caroline was stunned. She didn’t remember this at all.