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Maudes Deceptions- Part  Four

Part Four
            The enraged man walked across the room and lifted a fireplace poker over her head. “I’ve traveled from California to see Rosalyn. If you don’t shut your trap, I’ll put you out of your misery.”
Alex couldn’t let the big lug hurt an innocent old lady. He kicked in the door and stepped between them.
“Drop that thing.”
            The man turned to Maude. “Who’s he?”
            “A paying guest,” Maude replied. “Alex, I can handle the situation. Please leave.”
            “Get the hell out of here,” the enraged man screamed.
            Alex quickly landed a right jab to the man's jaw.
            He tipped backward and hit his head against the edge of the fireplace’s marble mantle.
            Alex saw blood oozing from the back of his head. 
           “He’s hurt. We should call a doctor.”
            Maude picked up the poker and whacked her son-in-law several more times.
            Alex screamed, “What are you doing? Are you insane?”
            Maude’s eyes seemed to have glazed over. She lifted the bloody poker and turned toward Alex. “You’re next.”
            “What did I do?” he said, taking a couple of steps back.
            Maude laughed. “I’ve been trying to get rid of that useless piece of crap for years. Roslyn never should have married him. If I’d let him testify, Roslyn would’ve gotten life without parole. He was out to destroy her. You’re the perfect patsy.”
             As Maude raised the poker to strike Alex, her son-in-law seemed to come back from the dead; pull it out of her hand and promptly buried it in her forehead.
”You son of a bitch,” she cried, collapsing on the rug.
The son-in-law turned and moved toward Alex but collapsed on the floor.  Alex stooped to check his pulse. This time he was gone.  In death, he’d taken Maude with him.

  
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