Feb 17, 2018

Bread Ties, Part 5, Charged

Previously Unfinished

"You must know lots of shady people." she said.

"What are you talking about?" her husband asked.

"You've managed to put together this great big plot to gaslight me, to convince me I'm crazy, to drive me out of the house just so you want have to honor our agreement." she answered. "Only the lowest of the low would help a man do something like that. How much are you willing to spend before you give up because I'll see to it you spend every dime before I walk out those doors."

"Just as I would expect you do do." he said.

"So why are you doing it?" she asked.

"I'm not," he insisted.

"So you're saying this $900,000 Dollar power bill we got from the electric company is right?" she asked.

He stared in silence for a few moments before asking, "Did you really just say 900,000?

"I sure did," she said as she handed him the bill for the previous month's electric usage.

"For one month?" he asked as he took the bill from her hand.

"That's what it says."

"But they installed a new meter."

"They said there was nothing wrong with the old meter," she added.

"I'm calling an electrician," he said.

"Is this part of your plan too?" she angrily asked as he walked out of the room.

"It's part of my plan to lower our electric bill," he answered.

A couple of days later an electrician arrived early to start checking the house to determine the cause of the excessive electrical consumption. "I'll be honest," the electrician told her, "I have never seen a house that uses as much electricity as this house is using."

"What do you think it is?" she asked.

"I'll know by the time I'm finished," he answered.

"Could it be you're just part of the scam as well?" she asked.

"I beg your pardon?" he asked.

"Never mind," she smarted, "we'll all know sooner or later."

When her husband came home he asked, "Has the electrician told you anything? I see his van is still parked in the driveway."

"Really," she said, "I thought he left hours ago. I haven't heard a peep out of him since he went down into the basement this morning."

"I'll go find him," her husband said as he walked towards the basement stairs and she followed behind him. "Oh shit!" her husband exclaimed as he walked to the bottom of the stairs only to find the electrician lying dead on the floor covered in bread ties.

"Is he dead?" she asked.

"He's not breathing."

"I'll call 911," she said reaching for her phone.

Please continue reading Part 6, Do Over