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Check Mate

Chloe thought she was going out of her mind. She lives alone, but every time she wakes up, something in the house is moved to a different spot. First it was a chair she placed in the corner, that was mysteriously at the dinette table. Next, it was the pitcher of water she keeps in the refrigerator sitting on the counter. Chloe walked around the house and checked all the locks and doors. Only her mom and sister have a key to her house and they wouldn’t do this to her. She changed the keys to the house after she separated from her husband six months ago. He’s in a relationship with someone, so why would he care about torturing her? Chloe called a friend over.

Chloe: “I can’t take this anymore.”

Jackie: “Chlo, you know who it is. It’s always the most obvious person.”

Chloe: “Why would Calvin do this? He’s supposed to be in love with some chick.”

Jackie: “Whether that’s true or not, it doesn’t mean he’s over you, or wants you to be happy.”

Chloe: “Should I call him?”

Jackie: “No. If he did this, he’s crazy, and you can’t reason with crazy. Change the garage door key that leads to the house. It’s the only key he has.”

That day, Chloe had a locksmith change the garage door lock. That night she checked all the locks, windows and doors. She slept peacefully. She woke up the next day and got ready for work. Everything in the house was in its proper place and she smiled. She went outside and saw all four tires on her car were slashed.

Chloe: “Damnit!”

Chloe called a tow truck and a cab. She wasn’t taking another day off to deal with personal mess. She calls Calvin. His voicemail comes on.

Chloe: “Calvin, call me asap.”

Chloe didn’t want to talk to his answering service. Later, Chloe is sitting at work, on edge about what’s been happening at home. Just then, Calvin shows up at her job.

Chloe: “What are you doing here?”

Calvin: “Well you keep calling me, wanting to talk all of the sudden.”

Chloe: “I called once, and we can talk outside.”

Chloe grabs Calvin’s arm to guide him outside, but he yanks his arm away.

Calvin: “I’m not going anywhere. I don’t care about your bougie co-workers.”

Chloe: “Calvin! You flatten my tires and you’ve been harassing me.”

Calvin: “So you changed the garage door key, leaving me no access to my house?”

Chloe: “You weren’t supposed to be in the house. Why were you coming in at night moving things around? Don’t you have your own life?”

Calvin: “So you get the house, spousal support and you think I’m partying it up? I’m broke, living in a one-bedroom apartment!”

Chloe: “Leave Calvin, please.”

Calvin: “No. You’re stuck with me.  You can divorce me, but you can’t keep me away from our child in three months.”

Chloe: “Calvin, do I look six months pregnant? I lost the baby three months ago, but you were impossible to deal with then. I couldn’t call you.”

Calvin is stunned.

Calvin: “Lost? You killed the baby bitch. Just like you killed our marriage.”

Security guards came and dragged Calvin out. Chloe shakes her head.  One of her co-workers, who was hiding the whole time, comes out and she rubs Chloe’s shoulders. Chloe is pissed he showed his ass at her job, and that is why she aborted the pregnancy. She didn’t want to co-parent with his cray ass.

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I’m Hannah Erica, a Philly native and the writer for this website. I received my Bachelor’s in Communications with a Journalism certificate from the University of Phoenix. I came from a big family, and growing up we didn’t have many material things to play with, so our creative sides came out. As a child I would write skits that my siblings and I acted out, and I would write children's books to read to my younger siblings. More than a decade ago a started writing film scripts and completed two. It's a tough business to get work published, so I put the film script writing on the back burner and I write short stories that I publish on my own website. "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."- Milton Berle.

2 comments on “Check Mate

  1. I have a finale I wrote that’ll be published on Sunday. Thanks for reading

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  2. Is that all? 😊😊 I gotta read the rest.

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