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I imagined i used to be on a type of television exhibits the place the blameless individual appears to be like extraordinarily accountable it doesn't matter what they are saying, and the responsible individual is going off to a tropical hotel and beverages beverages with umbrellas in them. “Um. probably I’m now not a humans individual? ” “Well, that’s an attractive conception. simply because i locate that you’re fairly sturdy with humans. You’re well mannered. captivating. Respectful. What’s to not like? ” “Well…Trish thinks I name her too usually with too many questions. So she doesn’t like that. And Trevor—he thinks i've got an excessive amount of religion in technology and never adequate in God. So he didn’t like that. ” He jotted scribbly little notes on a notepad. “What didn’t Irene like approximately you? ” he requested. His eyes have been concentrated like a laser beam on mine. “She stated that I acted like a know-it-all whilst in reality I didn’t comprehend a great deal in any respect simply because I’m like a vacationer right here. ” The detective’s eyes widened like saucers. “And that was once a resource of hysteria among you ? ” “ rigidity? No! there has been no rigidity. ” “There’s no use to get protecting. ” “I’m no longer getting shielding. She simply notion I was…self-centered. ” “And that’s why you killed her? ” “I didn’t kill her! She took her existence as a result of the throat melanoma. ” The detective stood for a second. He moved to the water cooler to get himself a drink. overwhelmed the cup and shot it into the waste can. “So what used to be the character of your courting to Ms. Iwanski? ” the cop requested. “We have been associates. Am I in hassle? ” “What form of acquaintances have been you? ” “Are there other forms? ” I requested, however the detective’s expression informed me he didn’t like my query. “She used to be educating me…how to put in writing greeting playing cards. ” i discovered myself getting frightened. “Do you already know why you’re the following? ” “Here on the police station, or right here in the world? ” “Are you being shrewdpermanent with me, son? ” It went on and on like that. Our dialog went in little circles that went nowhere. Nowhere that Detective Dunleavy stumbled on pleasant besides. every thing I acknowledged appeared to annoy him. He stored coming again to the query of why she wouldn’t have left a suicide notice. And that’s whilst I remembered what I remembered. That unusual little greeting card Irene had given me the 1st day I met her. I nonetheless had it in my bag: i've got reflected the chance of your arrival as i've got thought of the need of my departure. sooner or later we are going to exchange locations, you and that i, I and also you. after which what's going to you do? after which what is going to you do? i feel she knew she was once going to take her lifestyles the day I met her. She had all of it deliberate out. whilst she stated “One day we'll alternate areas” i feel she was once announcing that she could die, and that i will be born to take her position. i believe she gave me her suicide be aware earlier than she took her personal lifestyles. I defined this all to the detective. I confirmed him the cardboard. He acknowledged that it simply proved his theory—that a suicidal greeting card author couldn't withstand leaving a word. He stated he’d have the lab study it. examine it with different samples of Irene’s handwriting. If I didn’t listen again from him tomorrow—the handwriting looked at. yet he additionally stated he’d be maintaining a tally of me.