GENRE: Supernatural Thriller
The white cabinets seemed to glare at her and the cheery yellow walls of the kitchen glowed too brightly, hurting her eyes. Jamie dried her shaking hands and hung the towel back on the oven handle. It’s the adrenaline, she thought.
She took one last look around, before walking through the narrow doorway into the family room. Her parents sat on the sofa watching TV, their backs to her. Like a reproach, her step father’s arm was slung casually across her mother’s shoulders.
“Kitchen’s cleaned up,“ Jamie said.
“Oh, thank you, honey,” her mom replied, turning her head. Crow’s feet crinkled around her eyes as she smiled at Jamie. Another cut in the emotional flaying.
“Sure.” Jamie leaned over to kiss her mother on the cheek. She lingered a moment, savoring her mother’s faint scent of warm bread and fresh wash. “I love you, mom.”
“I love you too, baby.” She returned Jamie’s kiss.
Moving to her stepfather, Jamie put a hand on his shoulder, “You, too, Dad.” She kissed his rough cheek. “I’m tired. I think I’m going to go read and make it an early night.”
“Ok, hon. See you in the morning.”
Jamie headed for the stairs. On the landing, she took one last look at them. Just a normal night. She swallowed the lump in her throat and climbed the stairs slowly.
In her room, she pulled out the note she’d hand written and read it one last time.
Mom and Dad,
I’m sorry. I love you, both, very much.