Chapter Nine (1)
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Beth has turned my plans inside out. In the short time that she’s been here, she’s overpowered my dark powers of nihilism with her curiosity and talk of house renovation.  She was livid when she realized I was only occupying the first floor of a four story house. She looked over my house title, and hired a contracting company to come and remove the boarding that restricted access to the upper floors.  She called on a Monday, and they made arrangements to come on Wednesday. In the meantime, Beth considered going to a hotel. But when I refused to go with her, she made it clear that she had no intentions of leaving me alone. It was a declaration that made my heart sink.

We had gone shopping for beds and mattresses because according to Beth, I was sleeping on a flea infested cot. I...

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