This has to be a bad, bad dream!
Leye jumped off the bed and stumbled into a corner of the room.
Rex just eyed him, a gleeful expression on his face.
“Well, how do you like your lover now? Look at her; she died HOLY!”
“Oh yeah, she was holy alright. HOLEY!”
Rex had a sick sense of humor didn’t he?
Leye tried to catch his breath and think.
How did Tina’s DEAD body get to the bed?
How on earth didn’t he notice?
Where is Linda? Is she hurt or worse, dead?
Was she behind this??????? Could she really hate him this much?
What am I going to do?
Am I going to die? Oh God!”
Leye jumped. Was it time?
Rex almost looked tearful. “Why did you kill Tina? You shot her, through the head! So heartless of you!”
“What are you talking about? I didn’t… you… I…”
“You shot her.”
“Oh but you did. It isn’t my prints that are all over the gun that killed her.” He looked at the direction of Leye’s fallen gun.
Leye’s heart sank even deeper. Oh no!
A few meters away, Linda sat crossed legged on the couch in the living room, watching a movie!
She heard the occasional yell and definitely the cracking sound that must have been the breaking of some bone. She wasn’t moved… not anymore. The days of being an idiot were long gone.
She kept her eyes on the muted screen and thought back to the past three years.
They were once really happy. It didn’t matter that their marriage was actually somewhat forced on them because she was pregnant. They really didn’t mind at all and went into it with joy. She eventually lost that baby; unfortunate miscarriage, but they got over that as time passed on and moved on.
And then, she got pregnant again, four months after the miscarriage. She also lost that baby, only this time, LEYE KILLED IT!
Started out as a harmless argument and before she could realize what was happening, they were exchanging blows! No, correction… she was blocking the blows!
And it was downhill from there on. He started seeing other women, staying out late, travelling for long periods of time and lying about everything. When she realized that he had no intention of stopping, she began an adventure of her own. Who said only men could have all the fun? Besides she had the cash, the time and definitely the looks!
Three months and three affairs later, they had another fight. After which they both broke down, crying and apologizing profusely. It was bittersweet.
Things got a lot better afterwards. And then the previous year’s valentine came; totally awesome. Flowers, chocolates, diamonds and a whole lot more.
They found themselves, they found their love again. They were back on track.
For about six months…
And then came Tina.
The first day she laid her eyes on the tramp, she knew that Leye was sleeping with her. She later confirmed it when she hired Rex to do some snooping around.
Tonight she was going to end everything. Tonight she would.
She idly changed the channel.
He must have been a fool to think that she’d just wait up for him to come from his ‘meeting’ and greet him with a passionate kiss. He swallowed the liquid Rex had provided, no wiser! Once he was sleeping like a rock, all she had to do was open the doors and let Rex do his thing.
The door opened behind her, she tried to resist the urge to look behind her.
Leye walked on shaky legs in front of Rex, who had the gun planted against the back of his head. The woman he called his wife turned back to face them, expressionless.
Rex pushed him to his knees.
Linda got up and turned to face them.
“Baby, p-p-please. Don’t do this!”
She looked at him, and then back at Rex. “You didn’t tell him?”
Leye looked back at Rex, who shrugged and said “I tried.”
He handed over the other gun to her
“My darling husband,” she looked at him again. “I’m not doing anything. You just shot your lover through the head and now you’re going to commit a thoroughly planned suicide. I really don’t understand what I shouldn’t do! You’re leaving your poor wife and unborn child behind in this cold hard world, I’m the victim here!”
Leye was dizzy. His wife was mad.
“Linda. Please don’t do this. Don’t go through with this.”
“It’s too late Leye. It’s too late.”
“I’m so sorry Linda.”
She nodded at Rex and he was immediately pushed to the ground.
Linda turned her back on them… she wasn’t going to watch this.
Leye closed his eyes… he wasn’t going to watch this.
The muted sound of the silenced bullet hung in the air… she turned to look at him as the second bullet hit target and then everything went dark.
They moved the body to the bedroom. The scenario had to look as planned… and it did.
LEYE looked at his dead wife, what a waste really. To think that things had to come to this. He looked to the side, where Rex was doing his job… properly setting up the scene. Five million dollars richer than when he had first walked into his bedroom… money was indeed power. That was A LOT of it though, but he would recover, somehow.
When they were done, they stood at the door and looked at everything.
Leye sighed, he was relieved. The story would be simple…
Linda had come back unexpectedly from her trip, only to meet Tina, her husband’s lover, sleeping naked, on her bed. Her husband had apparently gone out for drinks and Tina had opted to sleep-in instead. Linda, being depressed and angry, took her husband’s gun, violently woke Tina up and shot her though the head. Depressed, she took her own life…and that of her unborn child.
Leye. The aggrieved husband came home to meet the mess.
Rex walked out of the room and headed for the main door..
Leye looked at both women one more time and turned to go too.
He had barely taken two steps when he felt the bullet hit his chest. His mouth remained open in shock as he fell to his death.
Rex walked towards him and dropped the gun beside him, laughing to himself.
“Stupid, stupid people!” he muttered. He walked into the room and rearranged the bodies as he intended.
Linda had come back unexpectedly from her trip, only to meet Tina, her husband’s lover, sleeping naked, on her bed, IN HER HIS ARMS. She got the gun, shot Linda, and as her husband made for the door, shot at him also. Missed, and then hit him with a second shot. He dislocated his shoulder while falling. She then proceeded to shoot herself, bringing an end to the triangle of deception, hatred and grief.
Five minutes later, he walked out of the building, sweating with excitement, mission accomplished!
As he walked out of the building into the cool night, he picked up his phone.
“Yes. It’s done. Yes, just as you said. Ok.”
Rex walked off into the night.
Another day in the life of the ordinary guy