Jack Raymond was the most popular boy in school. He was like the typical Mills & Boon hero – tall, dark and handsome. He was like a Greek God with a well-sculpted body and features that even men envied. Every girl in school admired him openly. Jack was also warm and caring. This endeared him to one and all. He had several close friends of both genders but he was closer to Jennifer, a childhood friend.
Soon after finishing high school, both Jack and Jennifer were accepted into the same local university. Jack studied accountancy while Jennifer studied psychology. In their final year, they fell in love with each other. It was like a match made in heaven. They complemented each other in every possible aspect – looks, intelligence and temperament.
Upon graduation, Jack was hired by a leading accounting firm while Jenifer joined a private university. Both worked hard and they flourished in their respective careers. They were also ready to settle down. The marriage was simple, attended by close family members and friends. Initially, they rented an apartment in one of the suburbs. Within a short span of five years, they became well-established in their chosen fields and they prospered financially. Jack was offered a senior management post in his company and Jennifer decided to quit work to become a stay-at-home mum.
Life was good for them. They bought a semi-detached house in an exclusive neighbourhood. They dined at the best restaurants and frequented popular clubs. Their two children were literally born with a silver spoon in their mouths. They went to the best private schools and had the best tutors to coach them personally. Life was good for them… until Lily came.
Lily was Jennifer’s younger sister. Lily had got married and divorced, not once but thrice. She seemed to change husbands faster than movie stars. Knowing that her sister needed her support after her recent divorce, Jennifer welcomed Lily into her home but she soon came to regret this.