Baggage

By Joseph Logsdon

Kate was a loving housewife, but like most people, she had a secret, one that could potentially destroy her reputation. It took Kate years to earn the respect of her family, so she wasn't about to give it up. One way or another, she would have to keep the secret safe. Her husband loved her, and she loved him, or so she thought. One drizzly night, her past came back to haunt her.

Kate didn't have any children, a fact that made her feel sad and unwanted. She had so much, and at the same time, she had very little. The wind shook the house, causing the door to slide open. Frightened and petrified, Kate attempted to shut the door, but before she could touch the handle, a familiar face appeared. If Kate didn't know any better, she would've sworn she had seen a ghost. Instead of screaming, Kate allowed the woman to enter the house.

"Hey, long time, no see," the woman laughed.

"Rose? Is that really you?"

"Well, who did you think it was, Mary Poppins?"

"It's just that, well, uh, I didn't expect to see you, that's all," Kate stated, taking a seat on the sofa.

"Hey, what can I say, I like to surprise people," Rose laughed.

"You've changed a lot, I'll give you that," Kate laughed.

"You'd be surprised, I'm a new woman," Rose laughed.

"We've both changed, haven't we?"

"Well, just look at you, you're married, aren't you? I have to say, I never thought I'd see the day, considering we were together," Rose laughed.

"Rose, you have to understand, that part of my life is over. We had something once, I won't deny that. It was great while it lasted, but we moved on with our lives. The last time I checked, you never wanted to see me again. What changed your mind?"

"Well, to be perfectly honest, this isn't a social call," Rose stated.

"What kind of call is it, then?"

"I need money, and I need it now, frankly. I know this is strange, me coming to you in the middle of the night and all, but I wouldn't do it unless I was in deep trouble," Rose sighed.

"And are you in deep trouble?"

"If I don't get that money tonight, I don't know what I'll do. My husband, Bob, is out of work, and he doesn't have any money, not even enough for basic living expenses. If you were to help us out, we'd be grateful," Rose stated.

"You're a liar, you've always been a liar, and even if you weren't, what makes you think I could help you? I'll tell you what, why don't you come back tomorrow?"

"Why, so you can brush me off? Sorry, I ain't buying it, not for one fucking second! Now, if you don't give me that money, I'll be forced to tell your husband," Rose huffed.

"Tell him about what, may I ask?"

"About us," Rose exclaimed.

"You do that, I'll kill you," Kate threatened.

"Oh, don't give me that, we both know you don't have the courage," Rose laughed.

"No matter what you say, I'm not giving you a dime, you hear me?"

"Oh, I forgot to mention, I've been fucking your husband for years," Rose laughed.

"What do you mean?"

"He hates you, he's always hated you. I told him this plan wouldn't work, but as they say, men don't listen to anything," Rose stated.

"You mean, he knows about us?"

"Oh, yeah, he's known for a long time, he was just too afraid to say anything. We wanted to run away together, but we didn't have enough money, so we decided to blackmail you. I must say, I thought you'd give us the money, I guess I was wrong," Rose stated.

"Well, you're also wrong about something else," Kate stated.

"And what's that?"

Before Rose could react, a knife was plunged into her chest. Blood was everywhere, implying that the wound was fatal. In almost no time at all, Rose was dead. Paranoid and uncertain, Kate drove off into the night, hiding the body in the backseat of the car. The longer she drove, the more paranoid she became. Would they find the body? Would they convict her? So many questions, so little time. Just as Kate started to calm down, blue lights were flashing in the rearview mirror. Pulling over to the side of the road, Kate sighed as the police officer approached the vehicle.

"Hello, officer, what can I do for you?"

"Miss, you thought you could get away with it, didn't you? You thought you could outsmart me, didn't you? I'll tell you something, you're going to jail for a very long time," the officer laughed.

"I didn't mean to do it, honest I didn't," she cried.

"Miss, calm down, I was only kidding. You were going a little fast, so I decided to stop you, that's all," the officer stated.

"You mean, I'm free to go?"

"Of course, unless you have some kind of confession you want to make?"

"No, I was just asking, nothing more," Kate sighed.

The End