C 7


While I cutting up tomatoes for a garden salad, I heard a car pull up into the driveway. Ricky went outside and greeted whoever it was. I could hear them laughing together as they came back inside. It was a pretty young woman. “Hello Isabel!” She said excitedly as she came into the kitchen to shake my hand. “I’m so pleased to meet you! My name is Savannah and I’m Richard’s partner.” She chatted amiably. “Nice to meet you too.” I told her shyly and went back to making dinner. She followed Ricky to his study, where I could hear them speaking in hushed whispers.
I put Milo in his highchair as everyone sat down at the table. Ricky poured a glass of wine for Savannah and himself. “Thank you so much for having me over.” She told Ricky as she lifted her glass to take a long sip. “You have such a beautiful family, Richard. And a very lovely home.” Ricky nodded his head and shrugged. “So tell me a little about yourself, Isabel.” Savannah gazed at me curiously as we began eating dinner. “I didn’t even know Richard was married until today. It was such a pleasant surprise.” She beamed at me. “Well…there’s not much to tell. I take care of Milo and the house while Ricky is at work.” I mumbled as I looked down at my food. “That’s nothing to be ashamed of! I wish I could be a housewife! But I haven’t met the right guy yet.” She winked at me and downed another glass of wine. Between her and Ricky both, they’d nearly drained the whole bottle. “Please excuse me for a moment, I need to use the restroom.” She hiccuped and giggled. Ricky pointed it out to her. “First door to your right.” She bowed her head in thanks and I listened as her heels clacked down the hall.
I slipped from the dining room table as Ricky poured himself yet another glass of wine. When I got to the bathroom, I stepped in and shut the door behind me quietly. “Well this is a bit awkward.” Savannah gasped as she jumped up from the toilet and straightened her clothes. I put my finger to my lips and leaned against the door to listen for Ricky’s footsteps. When I heard none, I turned my eyes back to Savannah. “We need to talk.”

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