When I arrived at the Landgraab estate, I walked right in without bothering to knock then I followed the sound of laughter and classical music to the dining room. Of course Nancy was having a dinner party. Malcolm, Siobhan, and Mac were there and seated at the end of the table was Queenie. She shook her head when she noticed me and mouthed for me to leave but I was too angry to take heed of her warning. I stormed to Nancy’s side and waited for her to look at me. She was in the middle of a conversation with none other than Morgan. “Hello, Nancy. I guess my invitation got lost in the mail but I did in fact receive your summons.” I glared down at her. She nearly choked on her glass of wine. “Valerie!” She squealed. “We weren’t expecting you.”
“I just find it so sad that your son is lying in a hospital bed while you’re over here having such a good time.” I gave Nancy a nasty smile. Collective gasps came from around the table. “Johnny’s in the hospital?” Queenie repeated and looked to Nancy. “Did you know about this?” She asked her daughter. “What happened to him?” Malcolm appeared concerned. “You should really ask your mother.” I informed him.
“Oh, he’s fine!” Nancy laughed awkwardly and refilled her wine glass. “There’s no reason for anyone to worry…it’s just a touch of the flu.” I opened my mouth to call her out on her lies but then she motioned to her lap. She flipped her folded napkin over and revealed the steak knife she had hidden there. “It would do you well to not embarrass me in front of my family, Valerie.” She spoke only loud enough for me to hear. I wasn’t quite sure how to react. Was she really intending to stab me in a room full of people? “Whatever you want to say to me can wait until we have a moment alone. Now pull up a chair and join us for dinner.” I stared at her defiantly and stood my ground. “Really, I must insist.” She scowled.
“Come on, Val!” Siobhan had made space for me between herself and Morgan. I sat down then grimaced when I realized Morgan was looking at me. “Hi Valerie!” She chirped. “Piss off.” She frowned and immediately turned her attention back to Nancy. “You should’ve never returned here.” Queenie rasped through gritted teeth. “She made Johnny sick and now she’s trying to take our daughter away from us. I had to come.” Her complexion paled at my words. “That’s awful!” Siobhan gazed at me with pity in her eyes. “I’m so sorry for what you’re going through. Is there anything I can do?” She asked. “Actually there is…can you create a distraction so that I can snoop around?” She nodded her head eagerly. “You’ve got it.” The moment she began screaming at the top of her lungs, I slipped out of the room unseen.