TITLE: The Ghost Machine
GENRE: Supernatural thriller
Linda has recently moved out of the house, leaving her husband, Greg. She now lives with her sister, Denise. Denise has taken Linda to a bar to "cheer her up." Two guys at the bar were trying to pick them up, and as they are about to leave, Linda is contemplating adultery for the first time in her married life.
Maybe Linda wanted someone who would treat her like a princess, at least for one night.
She made up her mind. Why not? What was one little infidelity against Greg’s stacks of lies and broken promises? Who could it hurt?
Tom was watching her expectantly. She was about to open her mouth to say yes when she glanced down at his left hand.
“Tom,” she asked, “what are the names of your little girls?”
“Oh. Jeri,” he said, “and, um, Ryan.”
“Really. How old are they?”
“Seven and nine.” He looked away and gulped the rest of his drink.
“I see.” Jeri Ryan, Seven of Nine. He was a Voyager fan, all right. Her intuition and sensibility had kicked in just in time. What was she thinking? “No, I think I’ll be fine,” she said, casually ignoring the hurt expression on his face. “Thanks anyway. Come on Denise.”
Denise sighed as Linda pulled her to her feet. “Text me,” she told Anthony.
“Sure will,” he said with a salute. “Great meeting you.”
Linda pulled Denise out of the bar, waving goodbye to Dave on the way.
“What?” Denise demanded once they were on the sidewalk. “What is your problem?”
“Those guys were trying to pick us up.”
“So?” Denise cupped her hand around her lighter and lit a cigarette. “What’s the big deal?” She made a disgusted look and threw it on the ground.
“I’m married. I’m not cheating on Greg. Especially with an a****** like that.”