Chapter 36, Ketly in Author's Armor
A Better Pair of Shoes, a novel
The knock on the door was unexpected. I hadn’t ordered anything, but I could see that it was that new parcel carrier I’d seen around in the building. I anxiously opened the door with a new sense of expectation. I was a sucker for packages. He handed over the small box, and I quickly signed. It didn’t take me long to spot Jeff’s handwriting, and suddenly because of the shape of the box, I had an idea what it could be. This time my anxiety was not filled with expectation, but fear. I didn’t understand why. Why would he play such an awful trick? I had gone out of my way to avoid the book. I didn’t want to know the release date, I hadn’t check online to see the cover, and I hadn’t fished for any reviews. I had steered clear up until now. Now here I was, holding this box the size of a pretty hefty, hard cover book. I thought to just set it to the side, but now my fear was filled with curiosity. I wanted to see just how cruel, cruel could be. Most of all, I wanted to know how love had ever lend itself as a disguise to cruelty, because surely, I had felt love.