So this was it. My new home. I couldn’t wait to see the inside of the quaint little house. I retrieved my suitcase from the back of the SUV before making my way up the few steps to the front door. There were no outside lights on and the inside appeared to be dark as well. I fumbled with the key until it finally slipped into the lock. I opened the door and reached to my right to turn on the lights. I found myself in a very welcoming front room.
As I looked around, my eyes fell on two brown eyes nearly covered with shaggy hair.
“You must be Trixie,” I said. “I understand you come with the house. Where is your caretaker? And why did they not leave a light on?” Trixie remained in the chair, appearing to be sizing me up.
“I’m not used to shaggy little dogs, and I’m sure it will take a while for you to warm up to me. Hopefully, we’ll grow on each other. In the meantime, maybe you can show me to my room.”
Trixie jumped down off the chair and headed up the stairs, turning to wait as I lugged my suitcase to the top. The little dog passed the first room and a small bathroom.
She led me down the hallway to a second bedroom. It was decorated tastefully but simply… just as I had imagined it would be.
After taking a quick bath, I changed into my nightclothes and climbed under the soft warm covers of the bed. Trixie sat on the floor and stared at me until I finally gave her permission to join me.
“My name is Kathleen,” I said. “But most people call me Kat…sorry!”
I welcomed the sleep that was sure to come quickly. Tomorrow was the day I would find out what was expected of me.
My mother and her nurse would be arriving around noon. It was my understanding they would only be here for a few days. No one had seen or heard from my mother in years. It was as if she had disappeared into thin air. I was her only child and had been quite devastated when she left and I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about seeing her again. I had long ago given up any hope that she was ever coming back.