The last website which was open was a shopping cart from Victoria’s Secret filled with items for their anniversary in two weeks.
The last playlist played on iTunes was simply titled, “dance.”
The last note was a grocery list including items for next week’s menu.
The last phone call listed on her cell was to the school, scheduling her days to volunteer for next month’s fundraiser.
The last food she ate was half of a pastrami sandwich on rye, with Dijon mustard, pickles, and provolone.
The last text message she sent was to her husband, a simple, “i ❤ u, always."
He had sent back an "I love you, too" reply, followed by a request for the new password she set for the email that was recently hacked. After his seventh rapid-fire text, he began to wonder. The children would be getting home soon.
He left his work for a "late lunch" and travelled the roads, winding in, and out, and through, like black ribbons weaving their ways through grasses and businesses, restaurants and car lots. He tried to call. Maybe she was taking a long shower.
He arrived home just before 2 p.m. and felt a flood of relief as the water was running in the shower upstairs. Surely she was out of hot water now, though.
He slid off his loafers by the door and mounted the steps, taking them two at a time–and the last one in a leap of three. He rounded the corner into the master bath, filled with steam that was beginning to settle like fog on the slate floor. She was sitting at the base of the water, with a calm expression on her face, her eyes as still as glass. She did not blink.
He pulled her cold body from the hot water, wrapped her gently in a towel, and called 9-1-1.