Connie was confused. Why was Ed late again? This was the third night in a row that he was late for dinner and she was beginning to think that he was up to something. She was getting ready to call his work number, when in he walked.
“Hi Honey! I’m home!” His six foot frame, bushy brown hair and quick smile began to soothe her growing temper and so she replied, “Ed, I was worried that something had happened but you’re home now. So, let me bring out the food!”
She went to the kitchen, turned off the stove and began bringing in the meal she worked over an hour, preparing.
Ed ate like there was no tomorrow and Connie’s hot temper had finally cooled to the point where she had almost forgiven him for any and all wrong doings when he said something that turned her stone cold…
“Babe, have I got good news for you!”
She knew when he mentioned “good news” it was not always good news for her.
“What’s the good news, dear?”
“Remember me telling you about Jack and his wife—that they were breaking up?”
“Yes, but why is that good news for me?”
“Well, it seems that she will need a place to stay for awhile and I told her to come stay with us! You and she are good friends, so I knew you wouldn’t mind. And, she is a barrel of laughs!”
“Ed, I like Mandy; she and I get along well but dear, where are we going to put her?”
“Well, we have the sofa bed; she could stay there.”
“It’s not in very good shape but I guess it would work; at least for awhile.”
“Good! Then can I tell her she can stay with us?”
She was confused and a little bit suspicious about the whole thing but Ed never made any passes at Mandy; at least she never saw any signs of it..
“Sure. Go ahead and tell her she can stay.”
So, Mandy came three days later and was with them as Thanksgiving approached. What was confusing and frustrating was that Mandy showed no signs of leaving…
It was on the night before Thanksgiving when something odd happened. Mandy was helping Connie with preparations for the following day, when Connie suddenly became so ill she fell to the floor.
The last thing she heard was, “Ed, come quick, the poison is working faster than we thought! Poor dear, she didn’t even see it coming! Our plan worked perfectly!!”
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