Jean Alphin

"Short Stories"

The Sister, That I Thought.I Knew (22)

Autumn said,she was trying to think of different things,that might be bothering him. But she couldn’t come up with anything.
Then she thought,(maybe he is getting tired of her).
The next morning Autumn,dropped Tamara off at school, before she opened her shop. The business was doing fairly well.She said she had a job to do,after she picked Tamara up after school. Autumn had to go back in the shop and take inventory. She was happy that she had sold a lot of her merchandise,during the holidays.So she thought it shouldn’t be to bad. The next week Autumn said,she would go to the resale wholesale,and purchase more things.
Autumn said Josh came home,the rest of the week,his usual time.Something was bothering him. She asked him,what was wrong. But he said everything is fine.

Saturday night,he went out by himself.He never has done that,since we been together. Josh told Autumn,he just wanted to be by himself for a while.
Late that night,Josh came home,drunk as a skunk. Another thing that he never did before.
Autumn said,Josh told her,he didn’t know how to tell her.
But he said.”We are stone broke.
Autumn asked him,”How could that be?”
Josh said,”Because I’ve been gambling all of our money on the horses.I know I shouldn’t had,but I kept losing and trying to get it all back.Instead,I lost everything.”
Autumn told him,”How could you do this to us?”
Josh told her,”Because I was stupid.
Autumn asked him, “if he paid all the bills?”
He answered, “No!” “I lost my job,because I was going to the racetrack instead of work. We are going to lose everything.The house,your business,everything”.
Autumn said she was in a daze. She couldn’t understand,why this was happening. She had to do something fast,for her and Tamara. Autumn told Josh,if they lost everything. Than it was over for their marriage. She could never trust him again.
The next day Autumn went to their bank to inquire,about how much money was in the account. The teller told her, “Mrs. Teckly, you have only twenty dollars in this account.”


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