Peter Dashey was sure Jean was cheating on him. There was nothing concrete – a bag of clothes went missing from the bedroom. She went to bed earlier claiming tiredness, and she left the house for long periods to ‘go to church’ where she’d been a practicing agnostic until her mother died.
He skipped work one day and followed her. She did indeed go to the church and stayed in there all day. When the Reverend Dodgeson closed the church as 4:00 pm, Peter was incensed to see him wearing Peter’s best shirt.
When Jean invited the vicar to tea on Saturday afternoon, it was the last straw, but Peter put on him brightest smile and sat at the table with them.
“More tea, vicar?” he said, one hand feeling the reassuring weight of the hammer under his chair. “One lump or two.”
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