Twist #5 – Expectations Met by Kris Neri

One night while Dewey was celebrating his latest escape from Peg, he fell down and gashed his head. Luckily, the emergency room nurse who treated him was Linda.

Beautiful, young, quiet Linda, who didn’t talk unless she had something to say. Too bad that what she said was that she wasn’t going to wait around forever for a guy with enough money to give her the kind of life she deserved.

It always came down to money. Why didn’t Dewey’s bosses ever feel that he’d met their expectations well enough to give him more of it? There had to be a way….

While hanging around the ER, Dewey spotted the medicine cabinet and remembered Peg’s sleeping pills, and it came to him. This time Dewey wouldn’t screw-up.

He slipped back home when he knew Peg wouldn’t be there and refilled most of her sleeping capsules with powered sugar. Except for the last five. Those he filled with a barbiturate he stole from the hospital.

He put the tainted capsules deep in the bottle. The way he figured it, when Peg found one or two capsules didn’t make her tired, she’d be so desperate for sleep, she’d swallow more. One of those sleepless nights, she was going to take a few of the meanest capsules ever built.

He did have one scary moment. The brother-in-law called him in and threatened to can him right on the spot. He couldn’t lose that job until Peg croaked. Sure, he’d be free, but without that insurance pay-off, Linda would be long gone.

By telling the brother-in-law that he’d just been so worried about Peg, who’d been depressed lately, Dewey won a little more time. But it was down to the wire.

The worst part was coming home after his trips. Would this be the time Peg took those pills? He never knew how he should act, and it was making him edgy.

Unfortunately, Peg was always as right as rain and just as chatty as ever. The only good he could say about their ritual was that she must have changed teas because it never tasted as bad as it used to. But how deeply had he buried those capsules? The level in the bottle kept dropping. When was she going to take them?

 

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