Roberta is a busy mother with a new love in her life.
|Roberta was trying to get the laundry done before the kids came home from school. As she separated the whites and colors, the door bell rang. She threw the clothes on the washer and ran for the door.
Looking through the peephole a deliveryman stood with a box tied with a beautiful red ribbon. It had to be from Royce. She opened the door. He verified her name. She took the gift box and was so excited tears of joy came to her eyes.
She carefully got a crystal vase out of the cabinet and filled it with water.
Then she found scissors to cut stems.
Her cell phone rang. It was her best friend Judy.
"Ro, we need to talk!"
"Can it wait a minute? I need to do something fast."
"No, it is really important!"
"Hon, this will just take a minute."
"It's about Royce."
"Guess what? He is the sweetest guy for a cop. Thanks for getting us together."
The phone beeped.
It was the middle school.
"Judy, I gotta take this. It's the school."
"But, Ro, someone is out...
The phone beeped again.
She would call Judy back.
"Ms. Benson, Mike isn't feeling well. He vomited in class. Can you pick him up?"
"Does he have a fever?"
"Maybe. We are busy. Can you come get him now?"
"Yes, tell him I will be there."
Roberta grabbed her purse and then decided to put the flowers in water.
She opened the box.
There lay beautiful red roses and a card -"Payback!"
It all came together. Judy was telling her someone was out to get Royce. Roberta looked at the door-escape!
Too late-an explosion, tiny pieces of glass sliced through her skin until there was no pain. There was peace.