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Judith took a bite of her baked scrod. “Is it good?” asked Conrad. Judith looked up and glanced across the table at Conrad, just as a toddler began wailing a few tables away from theirs. It wasn’...


Riana was walking her bike through the gate at the side of the house and into the backyard two days later when Stacey emerged from the back of the house carrying a box. What got Riana’s attention...


Riana took a deep breath and exhaled slowly, tucking any stray hairs that might’ve fallen from the knot she tied her hair in. The time had come to clean Stacey’s house. She wasn’t sure if she was...


Riana was entering a series of daily sweeps when she heard a knock on her door. She rose to open it. Stacey stood outside. She looked lovely in her floral sundress, hair pulled back with a shiny ...


The Present… Stacey wrapped her legs around James as he pumped her higher and higher. Their bodies were slick with sweat. The sheets were damp beneath them. Stacey moaned in ecstasy, eyes closed,...


The Past… Come Christmastime of 1992, two months after her spat with Stacey, she would learn that having a single woman living next to her wouldn’t necessarily guarantee her any more peace than a...


The Present… “Damn her!” Stacey huffed, gazing out the spacious kitchen window and into the backyard. “What the hell does she think she’s doing?” “What? What is she doing?” asked James with conce...


Fifteen Years Ago… “Is she spying on me or what? Just what is it with her?” Riana wondered aloud as she and Mark sat by the pool with Kara and Randy the next day. “I asked her the same thing,” sa...


Stacey put her Kindle down in her lap and gazed at her sleeping husband beside her. She watched him sleep for a few minutes, then placed her Kindle on the nightstand by the bed and quietly left t...


Ten minutes after speaking with her husband, Stacey came through the guesthouse door without even knocking. Riana quickly brushed aside her tears. She’d be damned if she’d let the bitch know that...


Riana checked out the mini-refrigerator as Blondie, her cream-colored rat, found a comfortable spot on the floor between some boxes in which to curl up and nap. She hoped she wouldn’t feel too cl...


Stacey Abbington drove her Camry into the double-car garage and closed the door behind her with the remote that was clipped to her visor. She went to the door that led straight to the kitchen and...


Written in 2007, Revised in 2020 “Hello, my name is Riana Brennan. I’m calling about the ad for a live-in housekeeper.” “Hi, Riana. I’m James Abbington,” came the masculine reply at the other end...


January 05, 2022

Epilogue in The Wrong Sister

It has been a year since I shot and killed Lisa. Even though the actual act of killing her had been easier than I expected, and even though she would have killed me if I hadn’t killed her, I was ...


January 05, 2022

The Killing in The Wrong Sister

Mariska normally crashed around 10 p.m. unless something was going on that she had to deal with. I would wait until about a half hour after she went to bed. It would take me close to an hour to r...


January 04, 2022

Yur Mine in The Wrong Sister

Fifteen months after moving in with Mariska, I felt comfortable enough to get a bike. I promised Mariska I’d text her whenever I went out and that I wouldn’t go out every single day. “I just need...


January 03, 2022

Angel of Vengeance in The Wrong Sister

Because I wasn’t allowed to associate with anyone I had known pre-Lisa, I no longer had a Facebook account. I only had one email account, a Twitter account to keep track of my exercise goals, and...


January 03, 2022

The Verdict in The Wrong Sister

“Bad news,” Mariska said, entering my hotel room the next day. “What’s wrong?” I asked, thinking that the worst possibility was that I might have to be moved right then and there. “I take it you ...


January 02, 2022

A Change of Luck in The Wrong Sister

I awoke the next morning exhausted. Lisa had made good on every single one of her threats in my nightmares the previous night. After I used the bathroom, I headed over to the coffee pot for some ...


January 02, 2022

Taunting Lisa in The Wrong Sister

With the trial underway, all I could do was wait and hope for the best. Hope that the jury would buy me 10 years of not having to look over my shoulder, not that Lisa couldn’t hire somebody to do...


January 01, 2022

Bernie in The Wrong Sister

I met with the district attorney the next morning. He was in his late forties and was a tall, wiry guy with a balding crown. His sparse dark hair was shot with gray. He studied me through dark-fr...


January 01, 2022

The Wrong Sister in The Wrong Sister

After a few days of being imprisoned in my hotel room, I was told I’d be meeting with the prosecutor in Lisa’s case to go over my testimony. “I worry about her following me from the courthouse,” ...


December 31, 2021

Testifying in The Wrong Sister

After a few more hours of sleep, I got out of bed and brushed my teeth with the no-frills non-electric toothbrush that was placed in the bathroom. I already missed my electric toothbrush and my d...


December 31, 2021

The Nightmare in The Wrong Sister

There was a knock on the hotel door and I stumbled over to it sleepily. I tried to look out the peephole but it was too high for me to reach even when I stood on my toes. Too tired to remember to...


December 30, 2021

The Hotel in The Wrong Sister

The hotel room was spacious and had a king-size bed in it. It was on a high enough level that I could safely look out the window without anybody recognizing me from below unless they were standin...


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