As soon as she stepped into the room, she realized that something was different. She glanced around at the familiar furniture, the knickknacks, the paintings. It wasn’t any of that. She simply couldn’t put her finger on it, but she had a definite feeling that something was out of place.
“Hey, Amanda.” Her husband Josh waved the TV remote at her. “You’re home early.”
Josh frowned. “Nothing, why? Oh, the cable went out for a few minutes, but it’s all good now. I only missed a little bit of Bankruptcy for Dummies.”
“Would you like some wine, Amanda?” Josh’s mistress Melody called from the kitchen where she was cracking eggs into a bowl for a cake. “I’ll open a bottle, but I can’t have any because I’m pregnant again. I just took the test.”
“That would be wonderful,” Amanda said, putting her coat and purse in the closet.
The twins came downstairs. “Mom, we both failed math again,” one of them said. Maybe it was Zoe, or was that Zelda? Amanda couldn’t tell them apart. “But don’t worry, the weed shop hired both of us full-time, so we dropped out of school.”
“That’s great, honey.” Amanda walked over to the armchair where a baby elephant was napping. “What’s Mikey doing in the house? I told you guys he had to stay outside!”
“Calm down, sweetie,” Josh said. “It’s chilly today and—“
Amanda put her coat back on and grabbed her purse. “I’ve had it with you people!” she yelled as she ran out the door.
Melody shook her head. “She’s so intolerant.”
“She should smoke some weed,” Zoe or Zelda said. “All the other moms do and they’re totally chill about elephants.”
Written for Fandango’s Story Starter.
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