Tuesday, May 04, 2010

New Release: And Then There Were Two

And Then There Were Two

By: Jude Mason
Published By: Untreed Reads Publishing, LLC
ISBN # 978-1-4524-9748-8
Word Count: 1,261


Sometimes, it's the uninvited guests that make a dinner party more memorable...
"Mark, that's the weirdest theory I've ever heard." Charles leaned back until the high-backed chair he was sitting on creaked with strain. "People getting abducted by flesh eating aliens...you're crazy, my friend." He chuckled and shifted to let June, his wife of twenty-two years, place his second piece of apple pie on the table in front of him.

"It'd explain why there'd been so many unsolved disappearances over the last hundred years," Mark said, feeling more defensive than he liked to admit. The theory was outrageous, but it really did provide answers. "I mean, think about it, there are records of births, education, marriages, jobs, and suddenly those people vanish, as if they'd never existed. Their families don't remember them, the schools where they had to have gone show nothing, they simply aren't around anymore." He held his hand out and took the pie June handed him, nodding his thanks but otherwise ignoring her.

From the kitchen, Susan, Marks slightly overweight wife, yelled, "Mark, that's the last piece of pie you get, you're stomach's hanging over your belt. You'll be moaning all night with indigestion."

Raising his head, he rolled his eyes and replied, "Yes, dear, I know." He scowled at Charles, who broke up laughing at the interchange. It was the same comment she made every Friday night when the couple joined them for their weekly dinner and card game.

"I wonder," Charles said, then paused and gazed blankly out the window for a moment before going on in a dull voice. "How would they, the aliens I mean, how would they get rid of all the history: school records, marriage licenses, and what about the memories of wives or husbands, friends, children of the missing?"


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