By Richard Laymon
While Alice's pal Serena is going away she remains in her residence, with its sunken bath and big-screen television. better of all is the open air swimming pool. yet one evening a stranger walks out of the woods and jumps bare into the pool. Alice hopes he won't be coming to get her, like such a lot of have performed earlier than.
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A wallet in the left back pocket. In the right front, a leather key case and some coins. In the right back, a pistol. A pistol! Had he come here planning to stand guard and protect me? Or to use the gun against me? I put his things into the pockets of my robe, but the gun was too heavy. It felt like a hand tugging down on my pocket. Afraid it might ruin the robe, I took it out and carried it. Back inside the house, I shut the door. I sat down on the cool marble floor of the foyer and inspected my findings.
What it mostly boils down to is genes. Serena was hugely, incredibly lucky in the genes department. Which is to say, she was born beautiful and smart. When you’ve got that going for you, everything else is a whizz. It was only natural for Serena to marry a handsome, wealthy fellow, move into a great house, and have a couple of terrific kids. I didn’t make out quite so well in the genes department. My parents were a couple of duds. Good, hard-working people, but duds. Not that I hold it against them.
The door stopped shaking. I looked. The stranger took a few steps backward, then whirled around. He ran to the edge of the pool, dived in, and swam for the other side. While I watched him, I heard Tony’s tiny, faint voice coming from the phone’s earpiece down by my side. The stranger boosted himself out of the pool, scurried over the concrete, swooped down and snatched up his shorts. He didn’t put them on. Clutching them in one hand, he dashed onto the lawn and ran toward the woods. I lifted the phone.