The Extra Key

Image credit; Photomix company @ Pixabay
For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a set of keys hanging from the door lock. The door appears to be closed.

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

 

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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18 Responses to The Extra Key

  1. willowdot21 says:

    I bet the shock of the discovery shifted her headache. It’s an ill wind that brings no good! πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  2. Carol anne says:

    awesome take on the prompt, Di! Loved the ending!

  3. Sadje says:

    Classic moment! Good one Di. Thanks for joining in my friend

  4. murisopsis says:

    And do NOT drink that tea! I’d have it tested for poison!!!

  5. a sad ending for the man

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