She had a thumping headache and left work early, nipping into the pharmacy for some OTC painkillers. She knew she had none in the bathroom cabinet as the headaches had been coming with more frequency and she’d been hitting them hard.
She pulled into the drive and getting out of her car, fumbled in her bag for her house keys.
They weren’t in the front pocket or the middle compartment so she tipped the entire contents onto the driver’s seat and found them wedged inside her organiser.
Walking to the front door, she noticed keys were already in the lock. Slightly puzzled, she let herself in, then removed them and left them on the hall dresser.
‘Darling! You’re home. Whatever is the matter? You look like death. Come into the kitchen and I’ll get you some tea.’
‘Thanks. I’ve got one of my headaches, so I think I’ll go and lie down.’
‘OK love, I’ll bring your drink up.’
She saw him sneak the keys into his trouser pocket as she padded up the stairs.
It was Thursday, so not unusual for Jeff to be home. The soft purr of a car engine drifted into her head as she stripped and climbed between the warm sheets.
Just as she closed her eyes, they snapped open again.
The sheets were warm………… and there was something else.
When he came into the room with her tea, she was sitting upright holding a pair of purple lacy panties in her hand.
‘They’re not my colour, or my size.’ she said.
‘I can explain…….. ‘ he began.
‘Don’t bother. Explain it to a lawyer.’
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See challenge