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Steven was always good at playing hide and seek as a child. Keeping very quiet, listening for sounds of his mother and sister. He always enjoyed playing the game and now at 38, he was still quite good at it.

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Introduction

Sophie Louise Beard Steven was always good at playing hide and seek as a child. Keeping very quiet, listening for sounds of his mother and sister. He always enjoyed playing the game and now at 38, he was still quite good at it. Silent. Patient. Straining to hear the others in the house. Trying to hear what they were saying, what they were doing. The teasing laughter, the sensuous sound of forbidden kisses, the creek of the wooden stairs as the couple made their way upstairs. This was no childish game. This was reality. The adult version of the innocent childhood game with his wife Marie, the whore. Steven had suspected her for some months now, but had never been able to prove anything. The interrupted phone calls as he entered the room and the distinctive smell of men's after-shave in her bedroom. But she would always make an excuse and would say every time 'you're just being paranoid'. ...read more.

Middle

Keeping his jealous eye on her. Nothing changed when they got married as he expected. It was like it added that extra touch of spice for her. But this time it was different. Steven had been extra careful. Extra clever. He had told her he was going away on a business trip and even booked into a hotel. He knew she would phone and check up on him so he made the point of chatting to the girl on the front desk at reception before he went back, making sure she'd remember him. It was easy for him to drive home the following afternoon. He hid in a cupboard in his own room. He knew she never went into his room as all the housework was left to Kerry who visited 3 times a week to do the cleaning, while Marie did the 'more important jobs'. But she wouldn't be coming tonight, he overheard her on the phone arranging to meet up with her a lad she had recently met ...read more.

Conclusion

Standing at the bottom of the stairs he lit the match and with satisfaction in his eyes he watched the flames creep quickly upward like a flood of fire acceding to heaven. He was tempted to set fire to the blue ford outside on his driveway. Obviously his wife's lovers who probably believed it would be safer to take this instead of Marie's expensive Mercedes. He realized it was too dangerous to stay around too long, as the fire was obvious to any passer by and the place would soon be buzzing with firemen and police. As he turned to hurry away he herd the screech of breaks and a sleek black car came to a stop just a few feet from him. It was a Mercedes. His wife's car driven by his wife. The smile rolled off his face as he dropped to his knees. Only then did he realize the couple imprisoned inside the blazing fire were the housemaid Kelly and her latest boyfriend. ...read more.

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