Sunday, December 18, 2016

Crazy Ex

“They caught the murderer!” Trisha said excitedly. She was a little too excited and tried to push through Amanda's door.

Amanda wasn't expecting Trisha back so soon – or so early. Typically, Trisha would come over, and they would spend some time together. Then Trisha would go back to her apartment and disappear for a couple of days, presumably to work on her paintings.

Too tired to tired argue with Trisha on what time it was and curious on what she was talking about, Amanda unhooked the slide lock and let Trisha in.

“Who and for what?” Amanda asked groggily. She started a pot of coffee.

“The person who killed Joey!” Trisha said as if she was surprised that Amanda didn't know. “I know you don't have a TV, but do you at least read the news online?”

“I haven't been lately,” Amanda said, now fully awake, “I've been focusing on my book.”

“Well, you know that cop that was here?” Trisha said, seeing that she now had Amanda's full attention, “He didn't buy it that Joey offed himself, so he tried investigating it and got into trouble… I guess he was supposed to close this case and focus on parking tickets or something.” Trisha rolled her eyes as if to emphasize the absurdity of it all.

“Anyway, he still pursued the case, but then they suspended him until some crazy woman was caught shooting her boyfriend. When she was arrested, she started screaming how he should have learned from the last time – or something like that. It turns out that she was also Joey's ex-girlfriend.” Trisha talked so fast that it almost she said everything in one sentence.

Fortunately, Amanda was used to Trisha's all-one-word ramblings by now. She leaned forward to focus on what Trisha was saying.

“She was high as a kite in a tornado!” Trisha Exclaimed. “The woman was yelling on how if she wasn't caught, she could have made it look like a suicide, like the last one. They got her to confess to Joey's murder as well. The cop was vindicated and reinstated." Trisha paused and then added as an afterthought, "And promoted.”

“Good for the cop,” Amanda said.

Trisha sat back into her chair, and Amanda got up to make herself a cup of coffee. She gestured with the pot to Trisha who then waved it off.

“You know, you would think that it wouldn't have affected me as I didn't exactly like the guy,” Trisha said thoughtfully, “But I'm relieved that they caught the person. I mean, they probably deserve each other, but she was crazy. She could have decided that we all shouldn't have interacted with Joey and then systematically killed each of us off.”

“Well, that's a bit cold,” Amanda paused realizing what else Trisha said, “and disturbing.”

“C'mon,” Trisha said a little indignant. “I bet even you have been a little happier since he was gone. I mean we all saw how he treated you.”

“I suppose.” Amanda shrugged. She didn't want to admit to it, but she wasn't happier.

Since Joey died, Amanda wrestled with the guilt that she had for mentally wishing that he would kill himself. She had to remind herself that it wasn't her fault. After all, it's not as if she could control someone like that.
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