Little Lies

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I picked a single long stem from the bouquet and dropped it on the spot while Christine stood beside me and gazed down at his grave.

“White,” I smirked. “Elegant, yet funereal.”

“He said to surprise him. Joke’s on him.” She stomped on the rose, flattening the silky petals. “He doesn’t deserve any flowers, Gypsy.”

I turned to her. “You should’ve come to me sooner.”

“How could I? I couldn’t look at myself. But I swear to you, if I could turn the page back, there’s no way I would’ve given in to him. I was so stupid.” She kicked the ground again. “He had a way, didn’t he? Those sweet little lies to charm and bend you until you broke.”

“I learned to see through the disguise over the years, and he knew it.” I put my arm across her shoulders. “Then you came to me, and it was the sign I needed. But tell me the truth,” I turned her to face me. “Did you drug him this morning? He never naps.”

“We found a way together, and I couldn’t let you bear the brunt of it. I had to do something.”

“What if he’d caught you?”

“But he didn’t. It was just a little tea. He probably felt some nausea, but he didn’t suspect a thing. Oblivious, as always. Look, I know I’ve said it before, but let me say it again. One last time. I’m sorry. Truly sorry.”

I shook my head. “Of all the women he could’ve messed with, he chose you. He had a way, I know.” I hugged her. “But he’d gotten careless. He’d forgotten that we’ve always taken care of each other since Mum and Dad died. Nothing comes between us, least of all men. They come and go. He shouldn’t have touched you.”

“And here we are - no more broken hearts. We better get moving. People think you’re going on vacation, right?”

“I’ve been telling everyone - our six months’ getaway. It’ll be too late to find us by then, and I’ve already cleared our bank accounts. This is a new day for us, sis.” I tilted my head towards the car.

No more little lies now.

“Let’s get outta here.”
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