Daily Prompt: Obvious
Albert Demarco, who was the uncle of Deborah’s late husband, had taken to Lizzie and Deborah, and seemed to be around the house a lot, Leep thought.
He and Vince’s Uncle Al still hadn’t had their little chat, or interrogation, about Vincent’s murder, even after a week and a half, because sometimes Leep found he simply wasn’t available when Uncle Al was. But as Leep had become kind of a regular around Deb and Lizzie’s house (“Lizzie” only to Leep, in his mind; her name to everyone was “Beth”), he couldn’t help but notice that Uncle Al was hanging around a fair bit, too.
He knew Uncle Al was married, because he overheard this kitchen conversation:
“Beth, you look the same as you did when I first met you, at Vince and Debbie’s wedding.”
“I seriously think there is something wrong with your eyesight, then, Albert.”
An agreeable, and to Leep’s ears, a patently false chuckle from Uncle Al.
“You are just as beautiful, Beth.”
“How is Tabby, Albert?”
An almost imperceptible pause. “Just fine, Beth, at home with the twins, as always. A very competent homemaker.”
“You should bring her next time.”
“She doesn’t much like to travel. She knows I need to travel a lot, and that I meet lots of people, and she is good with it.”
“Is she really?”
“Some women are happy like that. You aren’t though. You look like you could use a night out, somewhere special, whatever you would like.”
“I could use a night alone, somewhere completely quiet, and sleep until— oh hello Leep! Thanks for bringing in the plates.”
“Thanks very much for dinner, Mrs Hernandez.”
“Please call me Beth.”
Uncle Albert drilled several holes through Leep’s head and into his brain, with the dirty look he got.
But all Leep could think about was this: I can call her Beth.