Patience couldn’t understand why her parents bought Donnie such an expensive camera. He wasn’t good at anything, and she was sure she could lump photography onto the list. But when he started taking random pictures of her house, she couldn’t resist the opportunity for a mini photo shoot with her big sister.
She and Gracie stood in front of where her statuette and fountain would be erected. Gracie was indifferent, as always; Patience was smiling and sporting a new pearl and diamond bracelet. Gracie had no idea where the bracelet came from. It was just another reminder of how pathetic her life was.
Patience looked over at her useless sister. The house and bracelet had definitely gotten to her, and that’s the way she wanted it. But now she had other people to make miserable, so she needed her family to go back to their house of hell.
“I’m so happy you could make it,” she kissed her parents. “And even happier you like it.”
“Anything for our baby.” Genevieve didn’t want to let her go. “Call us if you need anything.”
Patience watched them load into the shiny black sedan. The corners of her mouth turned up. Donnie and Gracie were stuck, and she may be their only ticket out. How perfect was that?
The car disappeared down the street and she walked over to the table and picked up the phone. Bradley had been a bad boy and it was time for him to pay the piper.