Peeking through the window, Lydia’s surprise turned to horror when she saw them stumble drunkenly up the boat dock, trip, and drop the birthday cake splat on the ground.
“Grandma?” she said to the snoozing old lady in the rocker. “The guys are here for your special day.”
“Wha’ day?” Grandma mumbled.
Lydia hadn’t wanted the party at all while she was hiding out, but her brothers had simply shown up. Any excuse to down some brews, she guessed and rolled her eyes.
“Your ninety-fifth birthday!” Lydia pasted on a fake smile as her brothers banged on the door and hollered. All she had to do was stay gone another 24 hours and she would get everything, while her ex would end up blamed for the whole financial fiasco.
“Hey, guys!” She opened the door and hugged her annoying siblings. It was nice they still cared about Grandma, even a little.
“The cake met with a little accident, Lyd,” Gary said. “Sorry about that. Maybe we can bake one.”
“Who’s this?” Lydia gestured at a fourth man behind the group.
“He’s a friend of Tommy’s,” Brian said.
Tommy belched. “I thought he was Gary’s friend.”
The man stepped forward and shoved an envelope into Lydia’s hand. “You’ve been served,” he said. “Have a nice day.”
As Lydia watched him stride away, detouring around the smashed cake, she felt her careful plans crumble to ruins.
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