Alice Parker walked down the narrow hall of her old house looking for something to do. The windows were flawless, she just vacuumed, and there was no dust. Frustrated she turned around and strode back to the sparkling living room she had already sanitized. While looking around she sat on the fluffy tan couch. The large TV was dusted, the wooden floor mopped, the sliding glass doors spotless. She stood up and walked to the kitchen on the right. Nothing to cleanse here either.
Alice had all ready cleaned every inch of the small house, there wasn't much left to do. She thought about watching TV, or reading a book but decided on heading out instead. Kris's bar would be empty on a Monday,
'I probably should see what Krista is up to' she thought and slowly walked towards her bedroom, which wasn't all that exciting to be honest, a king sized bed a desk, bedside table and a bookshelf. Nothing special.
As she rummaged through her walk in closet. She didn't want to wear something that said she was trying to impress someone. So she decided on the usual purple tank top and faded blue jeans. Before leaving the house she quickly checked her appearance in the mirror by the front door, her long dark blond hair hung loosely down her back and shoulders, her exotic green eyes had just a hint of what looked like a mixture of colors making them stand out more. Her cheek's were slightly flustered and her lips had an unusual red to them. She looked amazing. She quickly ran her fingers through her hair, grabbed her keys and headed out the door.
Her car was parked in the gravel drive on the right side of the white house. She still couldn't get over the horrific accident even after four years. Her parents were gone and the one thing they had left her was the ancient house.
Alice usually has a horrible time when she goes out but tonight will different. She will ignore all of the assholes while having a drink or two. Then she will drive back home take a shower, crawl into her bed and drift off to a dreamless sleep. Well that was her plan.
She started her car, turned up the radio, and drove down her long drive to the main road. There were few cars, all driving the opposite direction she was going. She pulled onto the street and drove a mile on the scenic rout to the bar.
She pulled into the Kris's Bar and found a place close to the front to park. She neatly got out of the car and looked around. There were a few cars outside the rustic bar. Good not too may people. She slowly walked up to the front door and took a deep breath. 'Well here I go'. She swung open the heavy door and walked inside looking around, it was like walking into an old western movie. Five out of the fifteen ancient tables were filled, and sitting at the short bar was a dark man looking down at his drink. She slowly wove her way to the other end of the bar and sat down thinking about what she wanted to drink.
Krista the owner of the bar smiled and waved signaling she would be with her in a minute. Alice grabbed her purse rummaged around and found a ten dollar bill. Krista was there when she looked up.
"What can I get you?" Krista asked with a smile.
"A Screwdriver please?"
"Sure just a sec." She turned around and started mixing the drink with a little hop to her step. Looking over her shoulder she asked. "What have you been up to?"
"Oh!" Surprised she was talking to me again. "Nothing really. Just sitting around the house. I got bored so I decided to go out."
"So you have a date?" She observed. Acting like our argument the other day didn't happen.
"Nope sorry," Alice paused then added, "What have you been up to?"
"Just work. Oh hey, did you hear about Jake Lessly?" Her eyebrows rose and the corners of her lips twitched.
"He got into a big fight with his girlfriend and ended up in the hospital." Krista replied eager to tell me the new town gossip.
"What? How did that happen?" More surprised then she thought she would be.
"I hear Bell walked in on him with another woman. Instead of getting pissed at the chick, she beat the shit out of him," She laughed. "He has a broken arm, two broken ribs, and his collar bone is fractured."
Choking on her drink Alice asked, "What? Who was he with?"
"I think it was Darcie Gray... but I am not sure."
"Is Jake going to press charges?" She asked rubbing her throat.
"Yes, I think he did but no one knows where she is." Leaning closer and checking to see if anyone was listening in she whispered, "The police have been looking for her and her family doesn't know where she is."
"Do you think he did something to her?" Alice whispered back.
"I don't know but there are a lot of people that think Darcie did."
"Darcie? Really? I got the impression she was a little sweetie."
"I know me too. But the other day she came in here with some really creepy guy and she looked horrible."